Finding the Best Sump Pump for Your Home

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I was looking for a really good sump pump, because I put a lot of work into finishing our basement in Boston and having a flood would just be too expensive not to mention all of my hard work down the drain. Mold problems after a flood are highly possible. The damage and health risks with mold are more than anyone would want to deal with. So I continued to follow exactly what my high school educator made use of,’ If you wish to discover the best of something, make the effort to try to find it’. So in a very systematic way I started to try to find the very best pump. I identified my water pumping circumstance, documented my prior experience with sump pumps, defined what I really wanted in a sump pump, reviewed producer specs, checked out consumer testimonials, and talked with professional sump pump installation Boston contractor. By taking the time to try to find the very best sump pump, I found it’.

What is my situation as it pertains to water pumping?

pedestal sump pump illustrationI’m in the flood plain so my home is situated in a low-lying area. My home is lower than the homes around me. My basement is deep into the ground to accommodate a nine foot ceiling. The water table is high. The ground around the foundation cannot be sloped so the water flows far from the house. There are a lot of residences in the location so there is nowhere for the water to go when those heavy rains come. I live in an area of the nation that gets significant rainfall and regular lightning and thunderstorms. The run from the houses really steep roofing system, two-story, one-hundred sixty foot boundary house provides additional difficulties. To sum it up, I do have water pumping difficulties.

Taking a look at my previous experience with sump pumps

I possessed a thermoplastic housed sump pump with thermoplastic volute and impeller; however it didn’t last long and there were no replacement parts. Another sump pump I owned had problems with the tether switch. It seemed to hang up frequently and triggered the pump to stop working more often than not. While yet another sump pump I owned had the opposite problem and the switch would stick in the on position and the motor burned out. The power cord on that exact same pump didn’t have a ‘piggy-back’ so I couldn’t bypass the switch and run it manually.

What I was looking for in my next sump pump

I really wanted a pump that was designed to last a long time with a cast iron housing. One that would offer enough room for a battery backed up sump pump. I really wanted a primary submersible sump pump that would fit in my limited space. I also wanted to be able to set the ‘turn on’ height higher and lower depending on the rain activity for that day. Since I am a handyman, I really wanted replacement parts easily offered, specifically a float switch with the ability to change out as needed. I also wanted to be able to manage the amount pit water level during heavy rain storms. The capacity of the pump needed to be a the very lease 70 gallons a minute with a 10 foot lift. In addition I wanted to be able to run the motor by hand if the float switch should fail. I did not desire a built-in check valve. Having a manufacturer who would offer technical support was likewise essential in case I had concerns. Given that I knew my pumping needs and pit limitations, I was able to define exactly what I wanted in my next pump.

What I was able to find

During my search for the cast iron housing with a vortex and impeller made pump, I discovered only 2 manufacturers. Numerous manufacturers utilized a thermoplastic within the cast iron or stainless steel housing. I was pleasantly amazed to find a number of pumps that met my measurement demands. I discovered only a small number of sump pumps with an adjustable float switch that was independent. However, I found that if I were to use a piggy back switch I could employ an independent float switch. Few independent adjustable float switches were offered. I discovered I could replace float switches that came hard-wired to a pump if it featured a piggy-back switch. Fortunately most pumps do not had a built-in check valve. When it comes to gallons per hour, I discovered some one-half horse power sump pumps have a greater or near equal gallons per hour pumping ability than some three-quarter equine power pumps due to motor efficiency. Reviewing the producer specs helped me narrow the variety of pumps from which to select the ‘best’ pump.

Exactly what did I read in client testimonials?

I checked thirteen manufacture brands and the client examines related to them. One brand name had more consumer reviews than any other brand by more than one hundred percent. The same brand name that had the most client testimonials regularly had the most beneficial reviews. In fact from 230 testimonials, ninety percent rated the brand name outstanding. The scores from the customer evaluates provided adequate evidence there was one brand that was ‘finest’.

Exactly what did plumbing professionals say?

Various plumbing stores and basement waterproofing Boston contractors rated the very same brand the customers did as ‘best’. I was surprised how consistently the plumbers rated the one brand. I won wonderful confidence I discovered the ‘finest’ pump for my pumping requirements.

So now the big question… which one did you choose?

I spent a great deal of time researching the various sump pump options available on the market and decided on the Liberty sump pump. You can take a look at one of the review sites I found that will give you more detail and help you with your next sump pump purchase.