Types of Water Pumps and Their Uses

Water pumps come in a variety of types, each of which is suitable for different applications. As a company that offers water pump rental services, we frequently receive questions about the various pumps we offer and which one is correct for a specific application.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the most common types of water pumps and their uses to help give you a better idea of how pumps are used in various applications:

  • Automotive water pumps: These impeller pumps are used in engines of cars and trucks to help circulate coolant within the engine’s water jacket. The fluid is pumped to a radiator that helps drop the coolant’s temperature by transferring the heat to the air. While technically a water pump, the fluid is a mixture of water with a glycol-based mixture.
  • Agricultural water pumps: The agricultural industry has a heavy reliance on water pumps for irrigation processes. These pumps may send groundwater or surface water to a holding area for optional treatment before it’s applied to the crops.
  • Dewatering pumps: In the construction world, contractors use dewatering pumps for removing ground or surface water that would get in the way of site excavation or to create a foundation or pour concrete footings. These pumps are most likely to be needed when work is being done in an area with a high water table.
  • Industrial water pumps: This term refers to most water pumps that are used in heavy-duty industries like manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical and food and beverage.
  • Saltwater pumps: Saltwater pumps are designed to hold up to the harsh, corrosive nature of saltwater, which could damage various materials. These pumps are often used for firefighting operations on marine vessels or transferring ballast. Most saltwater pumps are designed with materials like bronze and stainless steel that are highly corrosion-resistant.
  • Stormwater pumps: These pumps are designed to move stormwater away from collection points where runoff is designed to accumulate for treatment or for passage into the sewer system. Typically, these will be electrical submersible pumps, but there are settings in which hydraulic or pneumatic pumps may be used.
  • Sump pumps: Sump pumps are a common fixture in homes and other properties as a means of waterproofing the low part of a building and removing excess water to prevent flooding. As the water table rises with heavy rains that saturate the soil and collect along the foundation, the sump pit fills with water. At a certain point, the sump pump kicks into gear and pumps the water out of the pit and away from the building.
  • Wastewater pumps: These pumps are designed to move wastewater away from a collection point to a treatment facility where the wastewater undergoes chemical treatment before being released into the environment.

These are just a few examples of the types of water pumps you can find on the market. For more information about our water pump rental services, contact us at Ram Rent-All, Inc.