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What are the different types of domestic water pumps?

When planning or purchasing a house you may not spend much time thinking about water pumps. After all, the décor and layout of your home are far more important for everyday use.

But, a water pump, although often unseen, is an essential part of your home. In fact, there are several different ones that you may need in your home. But, if you’re choosing one for your home it is important to check for a supplier that gives high-quality dewatering pumps.

Here are the main domestic pumps you’re likely to come across:

Basement Sump Pump

Any pump moves water, or other liquids from one place to another. But, the sump pump spends most of its life doing nothing. 

Its purpose is to sit at the lowest point in your home, usually a pit in the basement. Should you get water in your home the pump will activate and push the water out of your home to a pre-determined place, effectively saving you from having a flooded house.

It may not be used often but maintenance is essential, when you need it you’ll want it to work perfectly.

Supply Pumps

The water arrives in your house under pressure, a pump is not usually necessary. However, if you have low water pressure you may need to get a water pressure pump.

This is common in houses that have upstairs showers and storage tanks that rely on gravity to provide pressure. If the two items are on the same level a pump will be needed to get the pressure right.

Equally, some homes need, or decide, to source their own water supply. This can be done from an existing well or a specifically drilled borehole. The pump will be necessary to draw the water up from the well and into the home. 

You’ll find that it’s normal to use a submersible pump in this situation as they won’t need to be primed. Of course, they will need electricity and you’ll want to invest in a high-quality one. This is not a pump you want to be replaced on a regular basis.

Drainage Pumps

Most city and townhomes are connected to mains drainage. However, more rural houses may need to create their own drainage system. This is usually via a fosse septic which takes the waste from the house, allows bacteria to break it down, and then the clean waste drains through a sand bed.

However, if the land you’re draining on is uphill then you’re going to need a pump to take the clean wastewater away from the treatment system.

This is another submersible type pump and one you’ll hope never to have to touch again!

Don’t forget the power source when considering which pump you need or want, to get. If it’s viable you can power any of these pumps using solar energy, which could save you a lot of money in the long term.

The important thing is to identify what pump you need and how large your budget is, the greater the quality of the pump the longer it should last. It’s worth checking the reputation of your chosen supplier before you commit. 

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