Transfer pumps are used to move fluids from one location to another.

These lightweight, portable units are suitable for a wide range of applications including pool cover drainage, livestock watering and wet-vac projects.

They are also an effective means of boosting water pressure and draining hot water tanks.

Choosing the Right Transfer Pump

Transfer pumps can be applied to a variety of liquids. Thin liquids such as water can be moved with basic pumps while thick liquids such as oil require specialized pumps. 

Two important things to consider when choosing a transfer pump are:

a) the type of job you will use the transfer pump for
b) the size of the pump will you need

A transfer pump obtained to drain a waterbed may not be suitable for draining a hot water tank or flooded basement. Check a pump's specifications and match them against the power, liquid volume and temperature demands of the task you plan to apply it to.

A transfer pump is activated by priming the outlet and inlet pump, connecting the water suction attachment, and connecting the pump to a power source, making sure the pump is located in a dry area. Most transfer pumps are non-submersible and should not be used in running showers, saunas, or other wet locations.  

For optimum efficiency, a transfer pump should be placed as close to liquid and power sources as possible. So, along with ambient moisture, cord length is an important consideration when choosing a transfer pump. 

Transfer pump's are available in a range of styles and power options, with variations in basic features including priming options, maximum temperature settings and fitting settings.  Pump Products carries a selection of transfer pumps to suit every application.



Use reinforced plastic tubing or metal pipe for the suction side of the pump to prevent collapse of the suction piping.

Do not coil or kink connection hoses. 

Discharge piping should never be larger than suction piping.

Be sure all connections are air tight.

Unplug the pump before all the water is completely gone. Do not run the pump dry. Impeller and mechanical seal damage will result.

Clean and flush your pump after each use. Chemical residue can corrode the inside of your pump.

For detailed specs, manuals and reviews of the transfer pumps we stock and ship nationally, visit our product pages at or call us for details: 1-800-429-0800.