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4 things to consider when buying a sump pump

Sump pumps are designed to protect basements from water damage caused by seepage, storm surges and seasonal thawing. Whether you’re looking to install or replace a sump pump in your home, here are four important factors to consider.

1. Pedestal vs. submersibleThere are two types of primary sump pumps: pedestal and submersible. Pedestal pumps are installed with the motor outside of the sump pump basin, whereas submersible pumps are entirely underwater.

Pedestal pumps are ideal for shallow or narrow basins and tend to be less expensive. Submersible pumps, however, are more powerful. They can pump out more water per hour than pedestal pumps and aren’t as easily damaged by debris. Submersible pumps are also quieter and less prone to overheating since their motor is submerged.

2. Size and powerThe size of your sump pump should be based on the vertical and horizontal distance from the bottom of the basin to where the pipe discharges water outside your home. More horsepower allows the pump to carry a greater amount of water over a further distance. However, it’s important to select a pump that closely meets the needs of your home. An under- or oversized system will have to work harder and is more likely to burnout prematurely.

3. Water alarm

A traditional alarm beeps loudly to alert you of a flood risk due to a malfunction or excessive water accumulation. This is a useful system, unless you’re not home to hear it. Smart, wireless alarm systems are a good alternative because they allow you to monitor your pump’s performance on a mobile device and send you real-time alerts if something goes awry.

4. Battery backup

Since primary sump pump systems run on electrical power, a secondary pump is required to protect your basement from flooding during a power outage. A battery backup unit will also kick in if the primary pump malfunctions or is overloaded by a large rain event.

Alternatively, you can purchase a combination sump pump system which includes a primary pump and a battery backup. This is a suitable option if you’re looking to buy or replace an entire sump pump system rather than simply add a backup unit.

Contact a plumber in Vancouver

Don’t wait until your basement floods to upgrade or repair your sump pump. The plumbers at Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating Ltd. offer installation and maintenance services for sump pumps, hot water tanks and boilers. We also provide furnace repair services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or stop by our plumbing supply store in Vancouver to speak with an expert.

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