What is a utility pump?
A type of submersible pump designed to be portable and useful for a wide variety of tasks. They're used in all types of residential, industrial, and agricultural uses for removing water from an area, especially after a flood.
The most basic types can be hooked up to an everyday garden hose, submerged in the water, and run until all the water is removed. For smaller utility pumps, it may take several hours to clear out two or more feet of water from a basement. However, larger versions used in industrial or commercial maintenance applications may be sizable enough to clear a flooded area in minutes. The main advantage of these pumps is that they're small enough to be moved around or stored away when they're not in use.
How do they work?
Like most submersible pumps, utility pumps are a type of centrifugal pump that draws water through the intake. Centrifugal force then increases the pressure and pushes the water through the outlet hose. Most come with a filter that blocks out any solid debris that may be in the water. Connected to a power source via a waterproof extension cord, the pump is submerged at the lowest point of the water and then activated.
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