Water pumps allow you to remove unwanted water from basements, yards and other areas that flood. They also make it simple to fill hot tubs, pools and ponds each season. Water pumps come with measurements that help you decide which one is right for your needs. Discharge capacity describes the number of gallons per minute that the pump pushes from the source to the discharge point. Vertical suction lift helps you determine how much vertical distance the pump can handle. Maximum head lift shows the amount of power that the water pump has for moving water from a certain height to the drainage point. Check each of these to ensure you choose a pump that handles your capacity and distance needs.
There are a few different types of water pumps. Transfer or clear water pumps remove water that is clear, or that has solids that are less than .25-inches. Semi-trash pumps remove water with particles up to .75-inches, making them a good choice for draining basements and pools. A trash water pump handles water that has particles up to 2 inches, providing optimal drainage for agricultural and commercial locations.
If you're looking for a small water pump, electric options may be just what you need. Most electric water pumps plug into a standard electrical outlet, though there are some that require a 230-volt outlet. Gas-powered water pumps are more powerful than electric models, with some handling up to 750 gallons of water per minute. If you're looking for a water pump that works well for irrigation or major home improvement builds, a gas pump will meet your needs.