When selecting a utility pump, there are a number of factors to consider before making your purchase. These include the pumping capacity and power of the pump, the material it is made of, and the head lift of the pump.
Capacity and Power
The pumping capacity and power of the utility pump are determined by the GPM (gallons per minute) and the horsepower rating of the pump’s motor. These are important because the higher the GPM and horsepower, the faster the pump will be able to clear the water. Another factor affecting capacity is the inlet size of the pump. The larger the inlet size, the more water it can draw in and remove.
The majority of utility pumps are made of thermoplastic, which is a strong material designed to last for years. Utility pumps also come in aluminum and steel, for those looking for a little more durability.
Head lift refers to how high the pump can lift the water. For example, say the water you need to move is 5 feet below where you need to pump it, then you need to make sure your pump has a head lift of at least 5 feet. If you don’t, your pump will struggle to clear the water how you want it to.