Whether you are looking for a hand pump to be the main pump to supply water into your pressure tank or a hand pump as an emergency backup water pump, there are several things to consider when evaluating hand pumps.
There are a lot of different hand pumps with different capabilities. Some basic pumps can only pump into a bucket from a very shallow well. Other hand pumps can pump from a deep well. A small number can pump into the pressurized water system of your home.
Before you can evaluate different pumps, you need to know or decide on 3 important questions:
Whatever your well’s depth is, your water level could be anywhere between there and ground level. The water level is the single most critical factor.
If your water level is deeper than about 20 feet, you will need a deep well pump. Here are some tips on measuring your well for a hand pump.
Do you want to pump water into the pressure tank of your home’s plumbing system? Or will you be satisfied just pumping directly into a bucket, or through a hose to your garden?
Will an inexpensive (and cheaply made) pump suffice? Or do you want a long-term back up pump that you can rely on to last a lifetime with minimal maintenance?
Now that you’ve considered what you want from a hand pump, consider the different pumps available and ask these specific questions of each. Below is a handy list of questions to help you decide which is best for you.
Choosing a hand pump involves balancing cost with the capability and the quality of the hand pump.
Simple Pump has the best dealer network for our water pumps. Find the closest Simple Pump dealer if you need help with the installation.
Simple Pump Hand Pump parts are warranted against defective materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product with the only exception being parts designed to take wear (i.e. seals, guides, shims, bushings and bearings).
Hopefully, this shortlist of items to consider when purchasing a hand pump will help you find the best hand pump for your needs. If you want additional information on water hand pumps, check out the Simple Pump hand pump and see why it’s one of the best hand pumps for most people.