How Does a Water Transfer Pump Work?


Water transfer pumps create a difference in pressure, which moves fluid from one location to another. They are used for emptying waterbeds, draining water heaters and several other plumbing applications ranging from low capacity residential use to high volume industrial use.

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Flammable Fluid Drainage

  • Flammable fluids such as gasoline, oil or chemicals require specialized or multi-use transfer pumps that are capable of handling damage to pump components. These transfer pumps are treated with corrosion-resistant materials, and pressure is closely gauged to ensure safety and efficiency. These types of pumps are often used on construction sites and rigs, and by mechanics to change the oil in an automobile.

Dewatering Systems

  • Water transfer pumps are used for irrigation, lawn sprinkling and air conditioning. These pumps are internally connected to the water transfer system and turn on when the system is activated, either manually or automatically. Water is then pumped through piping until it reaches the atmosphere. This type of pump is also used to remove wastewater and stormwater runoff.

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