Pump & Tank Buying Guide

Discover our selection of water pumps and pressure tanks! From sump pumps to jet pumps to pressure tanks, we have what you're looking for. Learn about the way they work, their uses, and what works best for your needs in our Pump & Tank Buying Guide.

What Do You Need Pump & Tank Wise?

Water is either where you don't need and want it, or in a place that is hard to get  at. Our extensive line of pumps, and tanks to optimize their operation, deal with both applications. From a deep water well turbo-pump to your basement's septic pump, we've got just what you need, and the expertise to help ensure you're installing it right. 

Terms To Know

  • Float Switch:  A switch that turns a pump on and off as the water level rises and falls.
  • French Drain: A gravel-filled drainage system designed to channel water away from a structure or to a pump basin under the structure.
  • Lift: The vertical distance from the water level to the highest point to which water is pumped.
  • Impeller: A disk with curved veins connected directly to a pump's shaft, generating the pumping action. 

Types of Pumps

Sump Pump

Sump pumps are usually used to pump water from basements or crawl spaces. They are available in a wide range of sizes and generally follow the rule that the faster and greater volume they can pump the more they cost. In many areas, especially those with high water tables or significant water from spring thaw and runoff, there will also be a French drain around the house or structure that drains into the sump basin. Sump pumps are available in two basic configurations:

Submersible Pumps: They are sealed and can be totally submerged. 

Pedestal Pumps: Have their pumps at the bottom of a stand and their motors elevated.

Tip: When replacing a sump pump, it is generally advisable to use a pump of the same type, pumping capacity, and configuration to make the replacement simple

Sewage Pumps

Sewage pumps are designed to pump sewage or waste water in situations where the connection to a municipal or private septic system is at a higher elevation than the home's main drain. Typically, the main drain empties into a holding tank where the sewage pump is located. A float switch, wired to the pump, acts an automatic switch, turning the pump on and off as the level in the holding tank rises and falls. Since these pumps move sewage as well as water, they are rated for the size of solids they can move as well as how much water and lift.

Note: Always contact your local building authorities or health department before beginning work on sewage or septic systems.

Utility Pumps

Utility pumps are available in a wide range of types from hand powered bilge pumps to gasoline powered pumps for draining low-lying areas. Most utility pumps run on electricity and are typically used for transferring liquids between containers, draining pool covers or tarps, and other job specific uses. When purchasing a specialty pump, choose the pump with uses most closely matched to your needs.

Well Pumps

Well pumps are available in different sizes and horse power (hp) ratings for specific applications.

Shallow Well Pumps: Found in applications of 25 inches or less. These well pumps are not submersible and are placed outside the well in a well housing.

Tip: Look for overload protection, which prevents motor burnout. The best shallow well pumps are accompanied by a tank or a booster to increase PSI, which provides constant water pressure to your home. If size is a restriction due to your well housing, choose a pump with a booster as this will take up less space. 

Submersible Well Pumps: With the entire unit submerged, it has a series of impellers that draw water from the well and push it up through the pipe leading to the home. Submersible pumps can obtain upwards of 500 feet of lift for really deep wells. 

Jet Pumps: Shallow jet pumps create a vacuum that draws water up from the well and pushes it through to the home's holding or pressure tank. Submersible jet pumps also pushes water back down through a return line that's connected to the suction line. The added pressure from the pump pushing water through the return line enables the pump to draw water from greater depths at higher flow rates. 

Tip: Don't make the mistake of purchasing a pump that's too powerful. An over sized pump will cycle on and off too often, stressing the pump motor and leading to early failure.    

Lawn Pumps

If you live in a rural area, sometimes the only way to water your lawn is with a lawn pump. They are used to draw water from wells, ponds, lakes, cisterns, or tanks. When selecting a lawn pump you will need to know three things; the total length of the sprinkler system's longest pipe run, the pipe diameter, and the collective capacity of the sprinkler heads in gpm. 

Note: Keep in mind that sprinkler pumps are restricted to a 25 ft. lift.

Power Source

Water pumps come in two power sources: gas and electric. Gas water pumps are quite powerful and are usually found on job sites or other industrial sites. Electric water pumps are great for indoor use, and most are capable of being plugged into a standard household outlet. 

Pressure Tanks

Pressure tanks are typically used in conjunction with private wells. The tanks provide consistent pressure to the home's water system within a range of approximately 20 pounds per square inch (psi) and also act as reservoirs, holding extra water in the system. Most home water systems are set up so the pump turns on  at 20, 30, or 40 psi and turns off  at 40, 50, or 60 psi, respectively. 

The tank allows water to be drawn from the system without the need for the pump to cycle on and off each time the water is turned on. Reducing on and off cycles cuts down on wear and tear and prolongs the pump's life.


Pressure Tanks: Good to Know

When choosing a pressure tank you will need to know the gallons per hour (gph) your pump pushes in your plumbing system and the number of plumbing fixtures, including outside spigots, in the system. Most manufacturers produce a chart that you can plug those numbers into to size your pressure tank. Just remember that if you're in doubt about the size tank you need, it's always better to go larger with pressure tanks. Larger tanks hold more water and reduce the number of times the pump is required to cycle on and off.

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