Portable Water Pump

Flooding is something that many home owners have to deal with every once in a while. Whether it’s caused by melting snow or torrential rain, the end result of all that water flowing through your property is the same. Flooding can rarely be avoided but the damage it causes to buildings can be minimized by quickly removing the water. Hand pumping is certainly not a realistic option when you are faced with a flooded basement. A portable water pump is a fast and convenient way of remove water from a large enclosed space. Simply set it up and turn it on and in a matter of hours all the water is gone.

Even if you are fortunate enough to live in an area that is not subjected to natural flooding, it’s still a good idea to have a portable water pump for emergencies. You never know when the water main outside your home or business will rupture and cause local flooding. A portable water pump also comes in handy for emptying swimming pools and fish ponds when they needs to be cleaned or repaired. It’s also useful for draining stagnant water out of ground hollows so that mosquitoes don’t have a place to breed. With the price of water going up every year, many home owners have started using ground water to keep their lawns and gardens looking good. A portable water pump is ideal for getting ground water out of a bore, without having to spend of lot of money installing a permanent pump.

A portable water pump is typically made from aluminum or steel, but some parts are bronze-plated to improve their durability and corrosion resistance. The capacity of a pump is measured in either gallons or liters per hour. Most pumps are only designed to move water, but there are special pumps that can also handle fuel and corrosives. Inside the pump chamber, there is a rubber impeller that moves the liquid from the inlet to the outlet. The impeller is easily damaged by debris so the inlet must be covered by a filter. When a pump is used to drain dirty water, the filter will need to be cleaned often to stop debris from blocking the inlet.

The other main component of a portable water pump is the electric motor. Small motors are powered by low voltage supplied by a transformer, while the large models are powered directly from a power point. The large models can also be powered by a car battery if an inverter is available. Some motors have a speed control unit that allows you to control how much water flows out of the pump. As with any electrical appliance, safety must always come first when operating near water. Before using a portable water pump, always check the power cord for any cuts or other signs of damage.

Submersible pumps are designed to work in the water, but other pumps must stay well away for it. One of the benefits of using a submersible pump is that no hose is required on the inlet side. A portable water pump should have standard connectors that allow a common garden hose to be attached, otherwise you will need to spend more money buying new hoses or fittings. It should also have a carry handle and mounting brackets, because a pump creates a lot of vibration and the mounting brackets stop it moving around.

A small portable water pump costs around $100 but expect to pay considerably more for the large models. Occasionally, you may have to buy and install a new filter or impeller when the old ones wear out. Besides that, no other maintenance is required and the pump should run for years without giving you any trouble. Buying a portable water pump is much cheaper than paying someone to pump the water out, even if you only need to use it once every few years. The only other alternative is to let the water evaporate or drain away naturally, but that could take weeks in the case of a flooded basement.

This Portable Water Pump Review is Written/Updated on Apr 14th, 2011 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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