What is a Submersible Pump Used For?
Submersible pumps can be used in a vast and varied number of applications. It’s one of the core reasons they can seem like such complicated pieces of equipment. Saying that, for the average person, a submersible pump will be used for one of the following three applications.
From efficiently watering the garden to clearing water from ponds and aquariums, the submersible pump is a key component of a thoroughly irrigated and healthy garden or piece of land. They are often implemented into rainwater harvesting systems as they can take the reliance off mains water and help people save money in the long term.
Pumping from wells and boreholes
The submersible pump is ideal for pumping water out of wells and boreholes. Efficient at pumping water up from great depths, the design of a submersible pump allows it to sit in tight or confined spaces and pump water without using too much power.
Draining Unwanted Bodies Water
A submersible pump is suitable for draining flood water and other unwanted bodies of water. Often situated in basements and other areas that experience frequent flooding, the automatic function on an electric submersible pump allows you to clear water without being present.
The Oil Industry
Probably not the main reason you are browsing this guide however, a submersible pump is a key tool in the process of pumping oil from ground deposits to treatment refineries.
Can Submersible Pumps Run Continuously?
Yes, you can run a submersible pump continuously for as long as you require if you have the suitable source of water. Saying that, it is imperative that you do not run a submersible pump dry. Running the majority of submersible pumps dry can cause significant damage to the inner motor and components. That’s why we recommend purchasing a sump pump with a float switch for automatic use.
The Different Types of Submersible Pumps
As mentioned at the beginning of this guide, there are many different types of submersible pumps. The two most common types are 1. Drainage submersible pumps and 2. Wastewater/sewage submersibles. Ultimately, the only difference between the two is the type of water or waste they can pump.
Drainage Submersible Pumps
The most common use for this type of pump is drainage. Manufacturers such as Grundfos and KSB produce this type of pump and they can be used for many different purposes. Most commonly they are used to clear excess water from cellars or basements that are prone to flooding. If you purchase this type of pump then please be aware that you need to pump the water to a safe and suitable location. You can also purchase a ‘lifting station’ which can safely discharge water away from the property and store the water in a tank.
When you plan to pump wastewater or sewage, you will need to consider purchasing something a little more heavy duty. The Calpeda GXCm 40b is the perfect dirty water pump. Pumps like these are suitable for applications where there are particles in the water, such as when emptying septic tanks or removing wastewater from industrial processes.
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