The History of Sump Pumps Part 3

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Sump Pumps So Far

Previously, we discussed the lead-up through the industrial age of pump design. We discovered the steam engine’s effects on pump technology and ended on the first cast and crafted all-metal pump, bringing us ever closer to the end product of the dynamic submersible pump currently at work under your house.

One Step Closer

In 1851, the English patented more industrial age pump technology. A man named John Appold introduced the notion of a curved vane centrifugal pump. The purpose of this curved vane, or lead out, is to stop water from flowing back into the pumping chamber. This expanded on the placement options of various pumps. Though these machines remained rather simple, they are now no longer something a third grader could have built in science class.

Centrifugal Pump Patent

In the same year, another huge step in the history of sump pumps occurred. John Gwynne received his first patent for this centrifugal pump. The pumps he proceeded to produce specialized mainly in effectively handling land drainage, much like a submersible pump would. These centrifugal pumps were essentially derivative of the previously mentioned steam technology. In fact, Gwynne’s pumps were powered by his steam engines. His company would go on to make nearly 1,000 different pumps, mostly used for industrial applications. Some were small electric pumps, others were porcelain pumps for chemical experiments, and sophisticated pumps that boasted being able to move 1,000 tons per minute.

The First Sump Pump

Up to this point, the idea of a pump that acted like a submersible pump was clearly available. What was not thought of yet was the actual concept of moving water away from a structure. That changed when John Nielsen, the founder of Viking Pump Company, invented an internal gear pumping principle, which would be slightly more complicated than the finished product submersible pump. It was two parts, consisting of two spinning gears that would eventually be able to pull and push liquids depending which way they were spinning. He created this pump to remove excess water that had been seeping into his limestone quarry with a creek nearby.

Though we’re close, we’re not nearly to the end of the submersible pump history. Join us next time to find out how the pump industry created the self-priming, submersible pump that serves you so well in your modern day home! If you’re in need of a new sump pump for your home or for industrial purposes, think of Fura International. We’ve prepared many options for your motors, basins, and pumps so that you can find the most suitable product for your needs. Contact us if you have any questions, we’d be delighted to help.