Choosing the wrong pump can hinder your construction project. A bad choice can lead to breakdowns, delays, and extra operating expenses. Since speed and efficiency are vital for any construction task, the pump often plays an important role. Clearing water from ditches and trenches may require one or several pumps depending on the complexity of the project, the water quality, and the water depth.
The ideal all-purpose pump doesn’t exist. Each special case requires a certain pumping tool. We have come as close as possible to classifying the pumps according to your needs. Start by addressing these three questions:
1) How Low Should It Go?
The best water pump for your construction project can deal with the water depth you face. If the excavation site requires a submersible pump due to being overly flooded, you’ll need an electricity-powered tool. In case you need to work with shallow water, take advantage of a standard fuel pump. Submersible pumps are usually more expensive than pumps for shallow water.
The “lift” or “suction lift” property of the pump model will tell you how far the pump can discharge the water – important considerations for deep trenches. The capacity of pumps can reach about 60 meters. Paying close attention to the lift property can help you choose the best pump for your construction project. Pumps, which can work at the toughest sites are called “high lift” models.
2) How Contaminated Is The Water?
The amount of waterborne debris the pump needs to work with is important in choosing the best tool for your excavation site. If you are faced with heavily soiled water, you may need to go for semi-trash or trash pumps. These pumps can deal with sticks, stones, broken glass, or any floating contaminant up to 2 to 3 cm in diameter. Larger debris, such as pieces of brick, won’t clog the suction port and cause a breakdown. It’s the smaller pieces you need to worry about.
If the water you are working with is mostly clear, you can use a centrifugal pump. Centrifugal pumps work faster than semi-trash and trash pumps. They are lighter and cheaper too.
3) How Much Can You Spend?
The budget is usually the key factor companies consider first. When it comes to construction pumps, the prices don’t just vary depending on the parameters. The manufacturer matters as well. If you are on a tight budget, you may want be tempted to settle for a cheap model. However, in the long run, such a cheap pump may cost you more in repairs, maintenance and lost productivity. Set an affordable budget, but focus on what each individual pump can deliver in terms of value and efficiency. For instance, it may be worth spending a bit more on a high capacity pump that allows you to finish your jobs in a shorter time.
The best pump for your construction project should have a suitable suction lift capacity, speed, debris pumping capacity, and the ability to operate at the depth you need. Besides this, you should choose a pump from an established, respectable manufacturer. At Key Services, we offer a variety of water pumps for different construction projects. Find out more by downloading the FREE Buyer's Guide to Water Pumps by clicking here.