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Sump Pumps: Your Guide for Better Understanding

Sump Pumps Pros and Cons

What is a Sump Pump?

Sump pumps are an important part of the building which plays a vital role in establishment of safety measures because if any pump fails then there may be flooding in some areas and can also bring damage to other appliances such as lifts, boilers and electric motors. It is a common practice to check its functioning periodically so that it doesn’t stop working at a wrong time.

The generic term ‘Sump Pump’ covers an array of pumping applications where an accumulation of water or other liquids are lifted or removed from a collection pit by utilising a pump. The ‘sump’ can be as simple as rudimentary hollow in the ground or as elaborate as a professionally excavated and constructed concrete pumping chamber.

Types of Sump Pumps

There are two types of sump pumps available in Australia: automatic and manual (submersible and pedestal)

An automatic one comes with a float switch that activates the device once flood water has reached a certain level. This switch also turns off the pump once the basement area is fully drained of water.

On the other hand, a manual sump pump needs human intervention to start draining water out of the basement area.

sump pump types

Submersible Sump Pump

The first thing you should know about submersible sump pumps is that they’re bulky. They sit right inside the sump pit, and function while underwater (hence, submersible). Since they sit in a pit, they run quieter than pedestal pumps, but are usually more expensive. They’re also harder to access for maintenance.

Submersible sump pumps aren’t just good for quiet operation—they can be good for your home’s energy efficiency as well. Because of their size and design, submersible pumps pull water from further away than other types of sump pumps, which means that they have to work less hard to move liquids through your system. This means that your submersible pump will use less power than other types of sump pumps would use under similar circumstances.

Pedestal Sump Pump

If you’re looking for an easy-to-access, long-lasting pump that’s less expensive than the submersible variety, a pedestal pump could be the right choice for you.

Pedestal pumps are long, upright devices with the pump motor sitting on top and the intake device, or impeller, at the bottom. The motor on a pedestal pump isn’t meant to get wet. These are less expensive and easier to access for repairs compared to the submersible variety, but some plumbing experts consider them less reliable than submersible pumps. They’re also louder, as the motor sits above the sump pit.

Sump Pumps: Usage And Application

Sump pumps are used, as mentioned above, in many appliances and for a variety of purposes. They can be used for residential or commercial purposes, and also for industrial applications. Single stage pumps are generally used for drainage, sewage pumping, and general industrial pumping whereas multistage submersible pumps are used in boreholes, water wells, and oil wells. This equipment is also used to solve other pumping applications purposes including sewage treatment plants, sea water handling, groundwater pumping and firefighting systems, oil refineries, chemical plants and more!.

Special attention must be paid while using them for certain liquids that can be contaminated with combustible substances. In that case, special types of pumps are designed for these purposes.

Sump Pumps needs maintenance too.

Sump pumps need maintenance, too. This machine usually lasts for an average of ten years. However, constant upkeep is needed to achieve this lifespan.

Sump pump systems need to be checked regularly for any issues that may arise. The three most common issues are:

-Clogged or damaged pipes

-Power failure issues

-Malfunctioning motors

To help you stay on top of your sump pump maintenance, we recommend keeping track of the dates when the pump was cleaned. It helps in the regular upkeep of the pump and ensure that it gets proper maintenance every year. As always, contacting a pumping specialist to perform maintenance on your sump pump will ensure longevity and will minimise the chances of unsuspecting issues arising.

Some Troubleshooting tips for your sump pump

If your sump pump is running too often, there may be something wrong with it.

A sump pump that runs more often than you’re used to could be due to any number of things. Here are some common causes:

– A faulty check valve. The check valve lets water out, but not back in. If it’s malfunctioning, there may be water running back into the sump pit and causing the pump to work harder than normal. Check valves are usually installed near the pump, in the sump pit. Not every sump pump has a check valve installed.

– A blocked discharge line. If there’s debris in the outlet pipes, the pump will have to work harder to push water through.

– A pump that’s too small for your home needs (see how much water you need per minute). If you can’t find any mechanical issues, but your pump is always working, it may simply be too small for your home. Run the calculations from further up the page to see if you need a more powerful pump.

– A change in the water table (see if this applies to your situation). Water tables can change over time.

The following are considerations when deciding on which sump pump type is best suited for your needs:

First, can you operate it? Automatic sump pumps come with pressure switches and float switches so that homeowners don’t have to constantly check whether water is filling up their basement. Always contact your local plumber for any advice regarding sump pump functionality.

Next, how much horsepower/kilowatts does your property need? Homeowners need to identify the severity of flooding in their area and their desired time for getting water out of their property.

Thirdly, how much head pressure is demanded? Head pressure refers to the maximum height that a pump has to remove the water. For example, a pump with a 15-metre shutoff head can pump water out up to 15 metres before completely losing its flow. Homeowners should consult an experienced emergency plumbing service professional on other factors that need consideration concerning head pressure.

Another factor that homeowners need to consider is how long it will take for them to run electricity cables between their sump pump and wall socket. The cable length plays a crucial role when deciding on where best position the sump pump and where it will be connected with power supply. Finally, do I need an alarm or backup system?

For the above mentioned reasons it is necessary to have an effective pump system and to keep your sump pump service in a good condition. If you are not able to do so by yourself, please contact Complete Fire and Pumps your pumping specialists..

Dedicated to giving your pumping system a long and happy life.

Alex

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