Submersible Sump Pump

A sump pump is a device that helps you to keep your basement and other low-lying areas protected against flooding when heavy rains occur. A sump is a small area that lies underneath the basement. This reservoir is designed to fill with water when the ground levels begin to rise. The sump helps to keep the water from outside your home from penetrating your walls and entering your basement, potentially causing damage. Many homes that are built in wet climates or near waterways use sump pumps to ensure that their basements and any belongings in basements are protected against water damage. When it begins to storm and rain heavily, the sump will collect any water that flows into the basement area and pump it out and away from the home.

There are basically two types of sump pumps. A submersible sump pump has a waterproof motor which allows the pump to become wet. A pedestal sump pump has a motor that is located at the top of a column. This motor will become damaged if it gets wet. This makes a submersible sump pump the most popular choice for many homeowners as there are no worries of the pump motor getting wet and potentially becoming damaged. The pump connects to an outlet pipe that is typically twenty feet long. This allows the sump pump to move water away from your home and into an area where it can properly drain.

A submersible sump pump typically runs on electricity and can be installed underground. They may have either a pressure activated or a float activated switch. While they are typically more expensive to purchase than a pedestal sump pump, they are much quieter and typically last much longer than the pedestal type because their motors stand up better to dust and moisture. They feature a watertight motor which is sealed and submerged in oil. This gives it the ability to fully operate underwater. Submersible sump pumps are installed at the very bottom of the sump basin, below the level of the water. They require much less maintenance than pedestal pumps and can typically handle much more water than the pedestal type. In addition, because they are completely submerged they present fewer hazards to pets and children.

Submersible sump pumps can be purchased in a wide range of sizes. In order to find the right size for your needs, you will need to determine the capacity of water flow or gallons per minute that you need as well as the horsepower that you require. Most homeowners prefer submersible sump pumps with automatic switches as opposed to manual switches. An automatic switch will activate when flooding occurs, even if you are not at home at the time of the flooding.

Your choice of materials is also important. When purchasing a housing or parts and accessories for a submersible sump pump, materials that resist corrosion are best since the pump remains underwater. Stainless steel, alloy and cast bronze typically resist rust and corrosion and provide durability as well. You can also purchase accessories or extra devices for your submersible pump. Alarms and battery backups are very popular and can be found in a variety of different home improvement stores.

Having a battery backup will ensure that your basement does not become flooded in the event of a storm that knocks out your home’s electricity. These products will help you to protect your basement in the event that your sump pump ever stops working.  It is typically recommended that you have your submersible sump pump installed by a professional, although many homeowners do handle the installation themselves. Be certain to thoroughly read the installation instructions to ensure that you have your pump properly installed. Improperly installing a submersible sump pump may result in the unit not working properly or at all and will not protect your home from flooding.

This Submersible Sump Pump Review is Written/Updated on Sep 19th, 2010 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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