A sump pump is an automatic drainage pump that is typically housed in a sump pit or basin in the basement or crawl space. Water accumulates around and beneath a home’s foundation, a sump pump drains this water, keeping your property dry and safe. A float switch linked to the pump detects the water level and tells it when to turn on and off dependent on the water level in the basin.
You need a sump pump if you reside in a location that is prone to flooding, or simply if it has the potential to flood. Watch out for the following signs:
Pour a bucket of water into the basin to activate the sump pump’s automatic start, and the water should drain fast after the pump is activated. It’s time to have the pump serviced if it won’t start and/or won’t empty.
You should clear any debris from the exterior drainpipe. You should make sure it keeps water away from your foundation. Finally, check for electricity and hear if the motor is operating.
You should contact a professional to service, repair and replace your sump.
Calling a professional from Integra Waters to inspect your sump pump is the best method to find out if it needs to be fixed or replaced. If odd sounds like rattling, screeching, clanging are coming from the unit, or there is dirt accumulating in the sump, you need an immediate inspection.
Sump pumps should be maintained on a regular basis to ensure that they are in good operating order. A sump pump’s lifespan can be shortened by a number of factors, including improper installation, an unreliable power source, or living in a location prone to high rainfall or snowfall.
A pedestal sump pump is an earlier design that does not allow the engine to be immersed. Because it is not contained in the sump basin, it is less efficient and noisy. A submersible pump can be totally confined and submerged in the sump basin, increasing its efficiency.
The optimal horsepower for you is determined by the required flow rate and required pressure to remove water from your home. The more water you have accumulating in your basement, the more horsepower your need on your sump pump.
If you had a sup pump before and it performed well, go with the same horsepower. Increase the horsepower if the previous pump did not match your expectations.
If the pump is oversized, it leads to short cycling. If the pump is undersized, it leads to continuous operation. Both of which can reduce the life span of the pump.
Short cycling or continuous operation might shorten the life of a pump if it is over- or undersized.