Sump Pump Options

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A wet basement can be an ongoing problem in areas with a high water table. Even with other waterproofing strategies in place, the addition of a sump pump may still be necessary to ensure water doesn't collect and become a problem. Before scheduling your sump pump installation, take some time to learn about the different types of pumps available so you can choose the one best suited to your needs.

Submersible Pumps

Submersible pumps are probably the most common type of sump pump found in home basements. These pumps are designed to sit inside a sump pit, which is a trench in the basement that is designed to catch any water that leaks in. In many homes, this pit is under the basement floor, so the pump and pit don't interfere with the usability of the basement space. A submersible pump has a high powered motor, which means it is the best choice if you deal with high volumes of water flooding regularly since this pump is designed to keep up with heavy use.

Standing Pumps

A standing pump, sometimes referred to as a pedestal pump, places the pump above the sump pit. It is connected to the pit by a shaft that goes into the water catchment basin. Unlike a submersible pump, standing pumps are above the floor level. Although this can take up floor space, it does mean the pump can be more easily accessed for servicing and repairs. A standing pump may also last longer than a submerged pump since it isn't always sitting in water. Unfortunately, though, a standing pump is not as powerful, so it is only suitable for homes with minor water issues. 

Water-Powered Pumps

One type of submersible pump to consider is the water-powered pump, especially if your area tends to have power outages at the same time storms and floods occur. A water-powered pump doesn't require an outside power source to keep working. Instead, it uses the water pressure in your home's water lines to operate the pump and pull out the water from the sump pit. The only requirement is that it must be connected to a municipal water source since most well water systems do not provide enough water pressure to operate the pump.

Battery Pumps

If power outages are a concern but a water-powered pump isn't an option, then look into pumps with battery backups. You can find both submersible and standing pumps with battery backups. In the event of a power outage, the battery kicks in and powers the pump until the excess water is removed from your basement. Just keep in mind that the pump may not be as powerful and efficient at water removal when it must run on battery power. You will also need to service and replace the batteries periodically.

Contact a sump pump installation contractor for more help.

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