Simply put, a submersible pump is a pumping system that is designed to be put directly into the liquid that it’s going to pump. While more difficult to engineer, submersible pumps offer better efficiency than dry pumps, and have fewer issues with cavitation disrupting the flow.
However, not all submersible pumps are the same. Typically, each is designed for a specific purpose, so matching the right pump to the right job is crucial. These are some of the most common types, and their usage.
The Most Common Types Of Submersible Pumps
1 – Utility Pumps
Utility pumps are among the most general-purpose submersible pumps. They’re typically small and intended to be used in ad-hoc situations, or when larger pumps will not fit into the space. For example, they may be used to drain window wells or clogged bathtubs.
These pumps have no ability to pump solids and are easily clogged, so they should be reserved for small-scale jobs.
2 – Trash pumps
Trash pumps are similar to utility pumps but larger, and with the ability to handle at least some amount of solid or semi-solid debris. They utilize an impeller to pull in liquid and force it outwards, making them very easy to use. Typically, you just attach a hose, drop the trash pump into the liquid to be removed, and turn it on.
Some trash pumps are rated for continuous duty and may be used in commercial applications where a smaller pump is called for.
3 – Deep well pumps
These are larger, high-powered pumps intended specifically for pulling water out of ground wells. They stay within the well and may remain submerged for some time. If properly constructed, they are almost maintenance-free – a “fire-and-forget” solution for pulling water out of a well. Beyond occasionally checking above-ground gauges to ensure the pressure is correct, they should need very little oversight.
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