Selecting the Right Sump Pump


Getting Started - Selecting the right sump pump

Your best defense against flood
Installing a sump pump typically takes about 30 minutes and can be done with common household tools. To get started, you’ll need to select a new pump and gather a few essential materials.

Before you shop…
Begin by looking at what you currently have. A sump pump removes drainage water that collects in the sump basin located in your basement or crawl space.

1. What type of pump do you have?
a. Pedestal Sump Pump – If you can see your pump protruding from the top of the sump basin lid, you have a pedestal pump. These pumps feature an impeller at the base with a motor on the top which is not designed to be submerged in water.
b. Submersible Sump Pump – Hidden inside the sump basin, these pumps are designed to be completely submerged in water. They operate more efficiently and are quieter than pedestal pumps.
c. Sump/Effluent Pump – These pumps are specially designed to remove wastewater that collects in an effluent basis or tank from laundry, showers, and bathroom sinks.
2. What size is your current pump? Look on the identification plate to determine the horsepower (HP)
3. What is the diameter of your sump basin?
4. What is the diameter of the discharge pipe?
It will typically be either 1 – ¼ or 1 – 1/2 “ for sump pumps and 1 – 1/2 “ or 2” for sump/effluent pumps.

Pedestal and submersible sump pumps are both very common. For exact replacement, choose the same type you already have. If you have a pedestal pump, now may be a good time to switch to a submersible model. They are quieter, longer lasting, easier to handle and completely hidden inside the sump basin.
Effluent pumps are specially designed to handle solids up to ½” in diameter. If this is the type of pump you need, be sure to choose a product that is clearly marked as a “sump/effluent pump”
Tip: Sump/effluent pumps are also recommended for homes with sump basins that frequently collect dirt and debris.

Choose a pump with the same HP as the model you currently have. If you want a pump that runs less, choose a model that offers more power. However, if choosing a larger pump, only more up to the next larger size to avoid having too much power for the job.

Float Switch Type
Tethered Switch Pumps require a sump basin size with a minimum of 14” in diameter. A tethered switch floats up at an angle as water enters the basin to activate the pump.
Vertical Switch Pumps can be used in basins as small as 10” in diameter. A vertical switch moves straight up as water enters the basin to activate the pump.

To ensure peace of mind for years to come, consider choosing a sump pump made with the finest materials and backed by a strong warranty.

Battery Backup Systems
Protect your home from expensive flood damage!
If you have a sump pump, definitely consider adding an emergency backup sump pump systems.
A backup system provides added peace of mind, protecting your home against power outage, sump pump failure and heavy rains that can overwhelm your existing sump pump system.