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Water Pump Buying Guide

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Do you need to pump water from one location to another? Whether it's pumping water out of your flooded basement, replenishing livestock water tanks from a nearby stream or pond, or pumping water from a well, Tractor Supply has a water pump to meet your needs.

The type of water pump you choose depends on the application. Tractor Supply Co. carries a wide variety of CountyLine water pumps for sewage, well water, flood control, sprinkler systems, fountains, and general utility. You can also find Countyline portable water pumps and the type of water pump you can install.

Read this buying guide to determine what sort of water pump you need. If you need more help deciding what type of pump would help you get your job done properly and efficiently, contact your local Tractor Supply Co. store and an expert team member will be glad to help.

What Type of Water Pump do I Need?

Ask the following questions to determine what type of water pump would be best for your particular need:

  • Do you need a water pump for flood control?
  • Do you need to pump solids as well as liquids?
  • Do you need the water pump to be portable?
  • Do you need to pump potable (drinkable) water?

Water Pumps for Home Waste Water

Every day, water flows into and out of our homes in several different ways. Fresh water for kitchens and bathrooms comes through city water lines or from a private water well. Many homes also have drainage water, or what may also be called clear water, from rain or melting snow, that collects in the basement or crawlspace. In a basement, a basin or sump pit works automatically to remove clear water. Without removing it, your basement could flood, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Every home has two types of wastewater: gray water and black water.

Gray Water

Wastewater containing soap from the kitchen, laundry, or bathrooms — also called "gray water" or effluent water — flows out of the home through the sewer or septic line. Sometimes an effluent basin is used to collect this water. Inside this basin is an effluent pump that lifts the water up and into the sewer or septic line.

Black Water

Sewage water — also called "black water" — containing urine, toilet paper, and fecal matter from toilets flows out of the home through the sewer or septic line. A sewage basin or ejector pit is typically used in homes with basement toilets. A sewage pump lifts the material up and out into the sewer line.

Septic tanks are commonly used when a municipal sewer service is not available, as is the case in many rural areas of the United States. A septic tank is a container outside the home that collects wastewater. Generally it is buried underground, has two compartments, and is water-tight. A larger compartment is usually for black water, and a second compartment is for grey water.

Sump Pumps

A sump pump is a type of water pump designed to automatically pump clean, or nearly clean, water from a sump basin usually located in a basement or crawl space. Sump pumps are your best defense against flooding because they work automatically when the water level gets too high. Sump pumps are also used in emergency situations like flooding caused by natural disasters or broken water pipes. Sump pumps are a practical item all property owners should consider to protect homes from water damage and mold.

Before installing a new sump pump, make sure you have a good understanding of what type of sump pump you need. Types of sump pumps include:

  • Pedestal sump pumps
  • Submersible sump pumps
  • Sump/Effluent pumps

You will also need to know what size of pump you need. This will depend on the diameter of your sump basin and the diameter of the discharge pipe located on the sump pump.

Sewage Pumps

A sewage pump is a type of water pump used to pump water containing solid materials up to 2" in diameter. Most people use sewage pumps to move waste from toilets to a septic tank or sewer system. Sewage pumps should not be confused with other types of pumps sold at Tractor Supply Co. Sump pumps, utility pumps, and jet pumps should not be used to pump solids.

Utility Pumps

Utility pumps are usually portable, non-automatic and come in various performance levels for submersible or non-submersible temporary applications. Utility pumps can be used to drain clogged sinks or bathtubs, drain waterbeds and aquariums, pump water from a flooded floor or basement, or pump out furnace pits and window wells. Basically, utility pumps can be used for any number of things, provided you do not attempt to pump solids through this type of pump.

Submersible Well Pumps

A submersible well pump is a type of water pump that is used for pumping water up from an underground water well and into the water supply for a house, barn, or water hydrant. Many rural houses are not connected to their city's municipal water supply and must rely on well water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and watering livestock and pets. Submersible well pumps must be used with a standard or pre-charged pressure tank to be effective.

Jet Pumps

A jet pump is a type of water pump used for pumping water up from a water well or for pumping water from other above-ground water sources to use in a home potable (drinkable) water system or sprinkler system. The advantage to a jet pump is that they are compact and, depending on the strength of the pump, they can pull water up from a maximum of 100 feet deep. Jet pumps are perfect for small spaces such as cabins, mobile homes, or tiny houses.

Sprinkler Pumps

Sprinkler pumps are meant to pump water from a shallow water source such as a shallow well, lake, or stream to be used for irrigation. Consider a sprinkler pump if you do not need lots of water pressure but are looking for a moderate to high water flow.

Fountain Pumps

Fountain pumps, pond pumps, or water feature pumps are all terms used to describe a water pump that is used for decorative purposes. Fountain pumps provide low pressure and low volume. Rural home owners may use fountain pumps in ponds to help maintain some amount of water movement. Other uses for fountain pumps include coy fish ponds, water features, bird baths, or other decorative water fountains.