Parade of Water Pumps

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in carpet cleaning, flood clean up, floors, Home Improvement

Our previous blog posting discussed different solutions for cleaning up water and flood damage.  One item we did not cover was pumps for moving standing water out of the area. Today, we’ll be discussing the different types of pumps that are available to rent.

3/4″ Submersible Pumps Electric

Also known as “sump pumps”, our 3/4″ submersible pumps can be fully submersed in the water that needs to be pumped. (Please note as this is an electric unit, the electric cord plug may not be full submersed in the water.  Only the pump unit itself can be fully submerged).  A garden hose attached to the discharge outlet on the pump will direct the water to the area which you dictate with placement of the open end of the garden hose. You can direct the water into a bathtub or sink; or outside through a window or door.  The pumps are for clear water and are able to discharge most of the water out of the area.  The 3/4″ submersible pump is ideal for pumping out small ponds, small swimming pools and hot tubs, as well as areas with minor flooding.

2″ Submersible Pumps Electric

Similar to the 3/4″ submersible pump, the electric 2″ submersible pumps are designed to pump larger amounts of clear water faster from, for example, a larger swimming pool or flooded area.  These pumps are larger and use 2″ hose to discharge the water rather than a garden hose.  Unlike the 3/4″ submersible pumps, the 2″ pumps will leave a couple inches of standing water left in the area.  The intake (suction portion) of the pump must be completely submerged in the water to pump water at maximum capacity.  Once the intake portion of the pump is no longer under the water level, the pump slows down, leaving the extra water behind.

2″ and 3″ Trash pumps

Our gas-powered trash pumps are designed to pump a large volume of water that contains a high solid content.  These pumps easily pass solids such as leaves, sticks, and stones.  A 10′-15′ suction hose is attached to the pump.  The opposite end of the suction hose is then placed in the water.  A discharge hose attached the pump will direct the water to where it needs to go.  In some instances, you may not need a discharge hose and can choose to have the water discharged directly next to the pump.

Diaphragm Pumps

These pumps are typically used for construction projects in which the area must constantly be kept free of standing water.  Diaphragm pumps are able to pump water that is shallow and muddy, using a positive displacement design rather than centrifugal force to move the water.  Centrifugal force action units, such as trash pumps or the submersible pumps are ineffective in shallow water applications because they require a high volume discharge flow in order to keep their prime.  Traditionally these conditions exist in trenches and ditches where water seeps into the work site creating standing water.

For more information on which pump will work best for your application, contact our location nearest you to speak to our staff.


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