A water pump can be an incredibly useful thing. Water, when it escapes plumbing or otherwise finds its way to places where it isn’t wanted, can cause damage that costs thousands of dollar to repair. A simple utility pump, like this one, costs less than $50, and it can remove water before it can cause any damage. It is useful in many other contexts, as well, from emptying pools to clearing out a sump.
This pump can be used in any number of situations. It is rated for continuous use, which means that, unlike many sump pumps, it can pump water for a long while without stopping. Many pumps require the user to keep a close eye on them to prevent them from over heating or running dry. Leaves and dirt can also be sucked up by the pump, this can cause the pump to over heat. Users have reported that the Superior Pump can run dry several times without any adverse effects. A wire mesh is also screwed across the intake, with the holes small enough that anything that passes through the mesh will also pass through the pump without a problem. The mesh can be cleaned off easily and without a hassle.
As a utility pump, it is designed to be convenient to use anywhere and at anytime. The 1 1/4” is designed to allow this powerful pump to move as much water as possible. However, the pump also comes with an adapter that will allow a normal 5/8” garden hose to attach to the discharge. Users have said that using the 5/8” hose slows the pump down, considerably, however. The specifications listed for this pump are most accurate when it is used to its full capacity, including the 1 1/4” discharge.
The pump is electrical, and simply plugs into a normal household outlet. It has a powerful ¼ horsepower motor that is capable of pumping 30 gallons per minute, as well as pumping water 25 vertical feet up. The low aspect intake means that the pump will work in as little as 1/8” of water.
The pump is normally manually operated. However, a float switch can be added that will automatically shut off the pump when the water drops below a certain level. That means that it will work equally well as a sump pump as it will pump out a fountain or a pond.