Sump Pump

If the contents of your basement have been damaged as a result of dampness and moisture or, in extreme cases, flooding, you can eliminate these vexing problems with a sump pump. As a prospective sump pump customer, you need to be aware of a few critical factors so that you can choose a sump pump from among the many models that are available on the market that will meet all of your your specific water drainage needs.

Sump pumps can be either manually operated or automatic, so the first important step in choosing one is to determine which of these models will work best in your basement. Asking yourself how much water needs to be pumped out will help you determine this.

The next decision you need to make is whether to purchase a submersible or non-submersible sump pump. You’ll want to purchase a submersible sump pump if the amount of water that needs to be pumped out is significant. Keep in mind that the price you’ll pay for these different sump pump models will vary greatly. The next factor to be considered when purchasing a sump pump is how much horse power you want your drainage device to have. Sump pump motors can have from 1/4 to 1/3 horse power. You’ll need a powerful motor if you have a large amount of water that needs to be pumped out within a short period of time.

Next, we come to issues of drainage speed and head pressure, and these factors can vary across the line of sump pumps offered. Drainage speed measures the amount of water in gallons per hour that can be pumped out, and this is determined by the motor’s horse power. Head pressure, on the other hand, gives you important information on the range of the pump. The dimensions of your basement will determine how much drainage speed and head pressure the sump pump you purchase needs to have. For example, you would need a pump model whose motor can support a high drainage speed and head pressure if your basement is significantly large.

The length of the cord provided as well as the voltage rating it requires are two additional factors that you need to consider when choosing the right drainage device for your basement. Moreover, if your pump will be working under frequent and extreme climatic conditions, you’ll need an appliance that has reliable power back-up and alarm notification systems.

Keep all of these important factors in mind so that the sump pump you purchase meets all of your basement’s water drainage needs.