Some Advice About Automatic Sump Pumps

There are several rules to remember about sump pumps.

The first is that you’ll never need to buy one if you purchase a house that never floods. The second is that, should you purchase a house with a water issue, there may be several methods to correct it before resorting to your sump pump and pit. Third, if you must purchase a sump pump, purchase an excellent one—in fact, it may seem sensible to purchase two or three!

I’m blessed with cellars. Having bought five houses within my life, not one has been wet. Some dampness in summer, yes, but nothing a dehumidifier couldn’t manage.

When being demonstrated a house by an agent, make an effort to start your tour in the cellar. If there’s signs of an important water issue (including an active sump pit and pump or high-water marks on the walls), walk away before you fall in love with the kitchen or master suite. A wet basement will cause a wide range of issues beyond water—rust, rot, mould, and unhealthy indoor atmosphere.

Connected: 7 Methods to Prevent Cellar Flood

If you just must purchase the home or have purchased it, make an effort to prevent water from entering. I’ve understood homeowners who place in a sump pump simply to abandon its use after installing a backyard curtain drain that diverts water into a pond.

Installing or repairing gutters so that they don’t drain near your base also can make an impact. And in case a path, patio, or pool deck inclines toward your house instead of away from it, they have been giving numerous gallons of water to your own issue.

You will find services that can re-degree slabs so they drain far from the home, and many kinds of patios can be removed and reinstalled with the appropriate pitch without an excessive amount of expense.

Purchasing a Automatic Sump Pump :


If your water problem is serious (e.g., a high water table that gets higher when it rains), you’ll want a sump pump. Below are a few quick tips about choosing the right sump pump to purchase:


  • Select a submersible pump over a base pump if your sump bowl has the space. Submersible pumps enable the sump pit to be covered with a lid, reducing pump sound and preventing debris from falling into the pit. An air-tight lid also helps keep damp atmosphere from being released into your house.
  • Purchase a pump with a cast iron center, not one made of plastic. Cast iron helps to dissipate heat to the surrounding water, lengthening the life of the pump.
  • To minimize the possibility of clogs, the pump should have a no-display intake layout coupled with an impellor that can handle solids up to ½-inch in diameter.
  • The switch should be mechanical, not a pressure switch, and the float should be solid so it can’t become waterlogged, neglect to switch off, and burn out the pump.

Secondary and Backup Sump Pumps

A secondary pump installed right alongside the first is wise also, particularly when your cellar continues to be converted to living space or if you keep valuables there. If your primary pump fails or is overwhelmed, the backup pump automatically takes over.

For additional insurance, a battery backup pump also can be installed. When the electricity goes out, as it normally does in a thunderstorm, the battery powered pump can continue pumping for as much as two days, dependant on the demand.

Mix bundles with two or three pumps can be found. A less expensive alternative will be to install a water alarm and to keep a spare pump on hand should the primary pump fail.


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