Utility Pumps

Ideal for short-term or emergency use to move liquids (usually water) from one place to another

Utility Pumps - Buying Guide

Some of the factors to consider when choosing a utility pump are submersible or non-submersible, pump continuously or intermittently manual or automatic, volume of water, and is a power source available.

Tip: Never use a pump to transfer flammable or corrosive materials.

How to Choose

Refer to the chart below for some commonly used utility pumps.

Pump Type Description Points to Consider


  • Motor is housed in a water tight compartment so the pump can be fully immersed in liquid
  • Power ranges from 1/6 − ¼ horsepower
  • Manual or semi-automatic activation
  • Dewaters down to the bottom intake at 1/6" or 1/8" off the surface
  • Manual pumps turn on when plugged in
  • Semi-automatic units turn on when plugged in and detect water periodically for motor draw
  • For temporary dewatering use only

Pool Cover

  • A specific model of the submersible pump that removes water from your pool cover
  • Activation may be manual or semi-automatic, depending on the model


  • Non-submersible
  • Transfer models move water from location to location via hoses
  • In addition to transferring water, boosting units increase pressure where low or inadequate water pressure is an issue
  • Available in a variety of sizes and power, from light aquarium applications to heavy dewatering
  • Boosting units add pressure for car washing or sprinkling

HVAC Condensate

  • Non-submersible
  • Remove collected condensation from gas or electric furnaces or air conditioning units
  • Available as manual or automatic units for convenient operation

Factors to Consider

  • Capacity and Power. Capacity is measured in gallons per minute or per hour. Power is measured in horsepower.
  • Materials. Comes in plastic, thermoplastic, stainless steel and other materials.
  • Head. The limit to which liquid can be moved both vertically and horizontally.


  • Self-Priming. Needs to be primed initially and then can be self-priming from then on.
  • Adjustable Speed. Allows you to customize the speed based on the job.
  • Run-Dry Pumps. Easier to use because it operates without the aid of fluid or external lubrication for long periods of time.
  • Battery Backup. Provides emergency power in case of power outage.
  • Bilge Alarm. Alerts you when water becomes a problem.
  • Corrosion Resistance. Lives longer when placed in or around water.