Why are sump pumps crucial in this area?
Sump pumps are often found in the basement, along with a water basin. When water enters the basement, either through heavy rainfall or flooding, the sump pump removes the excess water and directs it away from your home. Sump pumps are especially important for homes located on floodplains or low lying areas.
Since sump pumps usually rely on electricity, some units feature a battery back up. Other units are controlled by the home’s pressurized water supply, eliminating the need for electricity (but possibly costing more in water disposal).
In short, sump pumps play an important part in controlling the level of moisture in the home, as well providing a safer and more reliable home structure.
Should you install a pedestal or submersible unit?
Choosing the right sump pump depends on your specific needs. There are two main types of sump pumps: pedestal and submersible.
Pedestal sump pumps: The motor for the pedestal unit is above the pump itself. This makes it much easier to access the motor. Pedestal pumps last about 25-30 years, significantly longer than submersible pumps. Pedestal pumps are also less expensive to replace. However, they do require proper installation and regular cleaning to stay free of debris.
Submersible sump pumps: These pumps are specifically sealed to protect electrical elements. While submersible pumps only last 5-15 years and are more costly to replace, they don’t require as much cleaning as pedestal units.
Other types of factors to look for when deciding on the right sump pump:
- Automatic or manual
- Amount of power required
- Power chord length
- Phase and voltage
- Water level sensing switch type
- Backup system and alarm
Not sure what kind of sump pump to install? Let us help. We will assess your home’s needs and provide recommendations on the best sump pumps for your particular situation.