LEARNING CENTER: SUMP PUMPS

     Sump pump systems are designed to keep wet areas of your home dry. The typical system consists of a sump basin that sits in your basement or crawl space. The basin contains a submersible motor that is connected to an outgoing water line called the "discharge". Wastewater then drains in to the basin and once the float switch turns on, the water is pumped out to where it's no longer problematic.

Submersible Sump Pump or a Pedestal Sump Pump?

​     When looking for a sump pump system you have many options to choose from which can sometimes be misleading and confusing. Choose a submersible pump system instead of a pedestal pump system because it allows you to seal the lid and reduce any smells and noise when operating.

Sump Pump Float Switch

     Effective control of your sump pump motor is essential to the longevity of your system. This is accomplished by using a mechanical float switch that can be adjusted to increase or decrease the amount of water to be pumped out called the "dose". A failed float switch can be devastating to your pump and the area it protects from flooding.

     Sump pumps can be purchased through various suppliers including your local hardware store. However, relying on a cheaper manufactured pump increases your chance of premature pump motor failure. Floods and costly repairs are usually the results of a sump pump system that's failed. Give us a call and we'll be glad to help get you the appropriate pump for your systems need.

sump pump drawing with float switch

A common sump pump system operated by a float switch

Where to Buy a Sump Pump?

Plastic or Cast Iron?

     Make sure that when you're choosing a sump pump, buy one with a cast iron body as opposed to plastic. Cast iron dissipates heat more efficiently in water then plastic thus extending the lifespan of your sump pumps motor.

Piggy back float switch

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