Sump pumps

Sump pumps help and advice

Drain water from ponds, pools and basements

Sump pumps, also known as drainage pumps, are the ultimate drainage solution for any body of water. They are ideal for draining ponds and pools for maintenance or cleaning as well as drying out flooded rooms. Swell UK stocks several sump pump models, including Oase's incredible ProMax MudDrain range.

What is a sump pump?

A sump pump works on a simple principle. Essentially, it's placed into a drainage pit (or sump basin) at the lowest point in a pond or room with the entire area draining into the pit. The sump pump then moves the water away to any place where it's no longer problematic, such as a storm drain or a dry well.

Why should I buy a sump pump?

There are two groups of customers in need of a sump pump, those that need to move water for maintenance and those that need to dry out a flooded area. Essentially, if you need to move a large volume of water there is nothing better suited for the job than a submersible pump. Sump pumps can be quite pricey so we recommend only buying one if you're going to get regular use out of it.

What are the main types of sump pump?

There aren't any different types of sump pumps, however there's a lot of variation depending on the power of the pump and the manufacturer making it. Generally, you want a submersible pump that has the highest flow rate possible, allowing it to move water quickly from place to place. However, often the water that sump pumps process is filled with waste or debris, for this reason, you should look for a pump that's as durable as possible - to avoid frequent damage from the large solids moving through the water.

What features should you look out for when buying a sump pump?

Beyond the flow rate and solids handling capacity, it's important to look at what unique features each sump pump offers. Some pumps have the ability to work at different angles or orientations - making them better suited for drainage in tight spaces. There isn't much need to consider the power usage of the pumps as, unlike most traditional pumps, they will only be used for short bursts. At Swell UK our sump pumps range from just over £100 to just under £200. The price depends on a range of factors, including the maximum flow rate, head height and power of the pump.