A basement that floods on a regular basis is not only annoying but dangerous, as the consequences of frequent flooding includes structural damage and mold. One way to handle this issue is to purchase a sump pump that'll drain water out of the basement. Here are three tips for getting this piece of equipment to ensure it meets your needs.
Get a Submersible Pump
There are two main types of sump pumps: submersible and pedestal. Submersible pumps are placed in a basin that sits under the water, whereas a pedestal pump is installed above the basin in an area where the motor will remain dry. A submersible pump is preferred because it will be quieter—since it will be placed in a covered pit—and there's less chance of debris falling into the motor that could damage it. Additionally, the water will help keep the equipment cool and prevent overheating.
Be aware, though, that the water basin must be big and deep enough to fit a submersible pump. If your basin is shallow or narrow, you'll either have to enlarge the hole or purchase a pedestal sump pump instead.
Choose the Right Float
The type of float your sump pump has is equally important. If you get a submersible pump, choose one with a tethered float. This type of float is designed to keep the pump off for longer periods of time between cycles, which can prevent your pump from overheating or overworking, ensuring the equipment lasts longer. For a pedestal pump, however, you'll need to get a vertical float because your water basin will likely be too small to accommodate a tethered float.
Be sure the float is solid instead of hollow. A hollow float can potentially fill with water, causing the pump to misread it as there still being water in the basement—even when it's dry—and remaining on.
Opt for Notifications
If one is available, purchase a sump pump that will notify you when it is activated and/or when the water reaches a certain level. This can ensure you remain abreast of the flooding situation in your basement and take any additional steps necessary to keep the damage to a minimum. Some sump pumps can even be connected to a smart home system, so check out this option if your have this technology installed in your house.
For more information about choosing a sump pump or to get one installed, contact a local construction contractor, or visit a site like http://www.rite-waywaterproofing.com.
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