What is a sump pump you may ask? The purpose of a sump pump is to keep the lowest part of a residence or business (usually located in the basement or crawl-space) as dry as possible. They are one of the hardest working plumbing devices on your property, and not many people really know what they do – just for that reason. They prevent excessive rain or ground water from entering your home. Sumps pumps installed in homes are typically put into sump pits. When excessive rain or rapidly melting snow happens – instead of the water coming into your home it enters the pit, and as the water in the pit rises, so does the float – when the float device reaches a certain point it triggers the pump to turn on and thanks to centrifugal force, it pushes the water out. Because the sump pump does indeed run on electricity it is a good idea to have a battery-operated pump for backup. It’s obvious why it’s imperative to get your sump pump fixed if it’s out of whack – as nobody wants a flooded basement or crawlspace – flooded home = further damage and more money.
Contact us if you experience any of the following problems with your Sump Pump:
- Build-up of Debris
- Clogged Pump
- Pump or Part Broken
- Pump Won’t Turn Off
- Installation of Pump or Parts Done Incorrectly
Common Sump Pump Services include, but are not limited to:
- Installation of Battery Powered Backup Sump Pump – Backup battery installation is the installation of a battery powered sump pump for backup uses. This battery would kick on in when there is a power outage or when the primary pump malfunctions, emergent times.
- Replacement of Pump/Parts – If your sump pump is upwards of 8 years old or more, replacement may be best your best option. Signs of sump pump issues or malfunction include but are not limited to: sump pump failing to turn on at appropriate times, moldy or mildew smell coming from sump pit, continually running sump pump. An example of a commonly replaced part is the pump switch.
- Declogging and Cleaning of Sump Pump – Maintenance is key to the longevity of anything within your home. Your sump pump and sump pit is no different. Routine professional maintenance; declogging and cleaning will prevent any major issues from arising, keeping your basement and crawlspace as it should be, dry.
Primarily there are two different types of sump pumps:
- Submersible Sump Pump – A submersible type sump pump is housed within the sump pit and is designed to work underwater. This pump type tends to be more expensive initially however, they they’re a worthwhile investment as they have a longer lifespan.
- Pedestal Sump Pump – A pedestal style sump pump is a vertical sump pump with an impeller located at the bottom of it. A pedestal motor is in the area above the pump – and unlike the submersible sump pump, it is not meant to get wet. Pedestal sump pumps cost less than their submersible competition. The major cons of a pedestal pump include: noisy while operating and tendency to overheat.
Another choice you’ll need to make regarding your sump pump is what switch will best suite your needs, as there are many options.
Switch options include:
- Tethered Float Switch – A tethered float switch is best suited for large, deep sump pits. The help the pump to have longer periods of rest between pump cycles. This allows the motor to cool off entirely. When the motor initially starts it gets quite hot, so the longer rest period will ensure that your motor will not overheat and malfunction. Tethered float switches aid in longevity and help to decrease overall power costs.
- Vertical Float Switch – A vertical style float switch is best used in sump pits that are narrower and shallower. A vertical style float switch allows the pump to have more run-time than a tethered float switch would, however, this is what’s needed to not let the water get too deep.
- Electronic Float Switch – An electronic float switch is much smaller than the tethered and vertical options. Electronic switches are ideal for small sump pits. These float switches are typically equipped with an alarm that will sound if that water reaches a certain depth. Keep in mind that an electronic float switch is not a good option if your sump pit receives water from your laundry, wash pits or sink – as soap build up will cause a plethora of problems for this switch option.
If you do not have a sump pit or sump pump installed in your home yet, the first thing that needs to be determined is specifics on your sump pit.
What size does my sump pit need to be?
Ideally your sump pump should be large enough to accommodate a tethered float switch, as they are the best option. Tethered pump float switches allow more water to accumulate before kicking the pump on so they tend to last longer.
Don’t let all the options overwhelm you, with Plumbing West Seattle we’ll make sure that you’re comfortable with your choice, we’ll work with you – your water needs and budget, to determine what options work best. If you’re in need of a new sump pump, need repairs or maintenance done – call in the professionals and we’ll help you at your earliest convenience
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