If you've ever had a flood in your basement, you know how important it is to have a sump pump installed in your basement.
Anywhere it rains, it can flood. Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you won't in the future. Flood risk isn't just based on history, it's also based on a number of factors: rainfall, river-flow and tidal-surge data, topography, flood-control measures, and changes due to building and development.
A sump pump can save you thousands of dollars and is priceless in terms of the peace of mind it can bring you. The main question many people ask when given this advise is "How Does a Sump Work"?
The goal of this site is to provide you with useful information and tips on how a sump pump works, as well as tips on installation and more.
Different Types of Sump Pumps
Sump pumps can either be submersible or pedestal styles. Submersible sump pumps go into a hole in the ground and are submersed in a low level of water. Pedestal sump pumps stand out of the basin.
Submersible Sump Pumps are often chosen over pedestal styles because they more dependable and operate quieter. They also require less maintenance and are more efficient.
Submersible pumps are considered a better choice because of their design. They has a casing which will protect the motor and inner workings from debris and dust. They also are stationary which means they will always kick on at the same water level.
Pedestal Sump Pumps can move or become dislodged quite easily. They simply stand within the basin and are not as compact or well anchored as a submersible pump. When the motor kicks on it can move the pump about which can change the trigger level.
Both types of sump pumps work by a trigger system. When the water level reaches a certain height it hits the trigger that causes the pump to begin pumping out the water. Once the water level has been decreased below the trigger the pump stops.
Either kind of sump pump removes water effectively, yet pedestal pumps are less expensive and tend to last longer because they do not sit in water and they are easier to fix.