What You Need to Know Before Buying a Sump Pump
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Have a serious flooding problem at home?
A sump pump could help.
Find out whether one is right for you—and what to consider when buying one.
If your sump pump system fails during a big rain event, your basement can flood in minutes, causing extensive damage to your valuables and appliances, not to mention the huge costs and headaches that come with basement flood cleanup.
Learning how to get the right sump pump for your home is one of the best things you can do to protect it before you’re in trouble.
Watch the video to learn how to size up your system properly.
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What Is a Sump Pump?
If you’ve ever wondered, “What is a sump pump?” then you’re lucky, because you probably don’t need one. But for the unlucky owners of wet basements, here’s the scoop: A sump pump sits in the basement, either beneath (in the case of a submersible pump) or above the floor.
Primary sump pumps are the standard pumps found in many residences. Designed to pump seepage water out of your basement, they prevent floods. They can pump up to several thousand gallons an hour to keep your home safe and dry.
You’ll never have to buy one if you purchase a house that never floods.
Designed To Pump Seepage Water Out Of Your Basement
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There are generally two types of sump pumps—pedestal and submersible. In the case of the pedestal pump, the motor is mounted above the sump—where it is more easily serviced, but is also more conspicuous.
The pump impeller is driven by a long, vertical extension shaft and the impeller is in a scroll housing in the base of the pump.
The submersible pump, on the other hand, is entirely mounted inside the sump, and is specially sealed to prevent electrical short circuits. There is debate about which variety of sump pump is better.