Sump pumps are typically used as the final tool to remove water from basement waterproofing systems. That makes choosing a reliable sump pump incredibly important because a failing sump pump will likely result in a flooded basement. In order to counteract that, we offer the following guide for determining whether you’re purchasing a reliable sump pump.
An effective sump liner won’t get clogged with mud or any other debris. It will also be pretty sizable so that it won’t constantly be turning on to pump out a miniscule amount of water.
No respectable wet basement contractor will offer you a lifetime warranty on their sump pump. Saying that would be nothing more than a tactic to help close the deal. If a sump pump fails and you need a new one, your basement is likely already going to be flooded.
Well Built Pump Stand
A solid sump pump stand will eliminate the potential for dirt or debris or silt or sediment from clogging the pump or affecting it in any way. A good pump stand also elevates the pump and keeps check valves and discharge pipes clean.
Effective Sump Pump Lid
An effective sump pump comes with a floor drain and is air tight. This is absolutely necessary in order to stop dirt and debris from getting into the systems and potentially clogging it. The lid should also be airtight to keep soil gases from escaping while still looking good.
Sump Pump Alarm
How will you know if your sump pump has failed if you do not have an alarm for it? No alarm means you won’t know your sump isn’t working until you’ve got water on the floor. It’s better to be cautious and spend a bit more than it is to get flooded. There are numerous situations in which your sump pump might not be working and an alarm is going to make sure you know about it. Consider any of the following circumstances:
The power goes out (not unlikely during a rain storm)
The circuit breaker is tripped
The pump becomes unplugged
The primary pump fails or can’t keep up with the amount of water coming in.
These are all extremely possible. Does that mean a sump pump is a bad idea? No. Does it mean you should take the extra step and purchase a sump pump alarm? Yes.
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