Primary or Backup Sump Pump?
Chances are you already have a sump pump in your basement that’s worked well for you in the past during rain and thaws. This is likely your primary pump, a hard-working sump pump run on electricity. This is usually enough for people who live in areas that seldom lose power, but rural homeowners might want to consider investing in a backup sump pump, which runs on batteries, just in case. Heavy rain storms can bring wind, knocking down trees and power lines. The last thing you want is to lose your sump pump during a heavy spring storm. Basements with even just an inch of water can sustain heavy damage from mold and that hard-to-remove musty smell.
What to Consider When Buying A Sump Pump?
First, think about the type of pump you want to buy. Will it serve as your primary or backup pump? Do you want a submersible pump that’s out of sight? Do you prefer an automatic float switch or more control with a manual switch?
Next think about buying a pump made of quality materials. Specially engineered PVC, thermoplastic and cast iron are the most durable, although, iron pumps should be baked in epoxy paint to prevent corrosion. Internal parts should also be made of metal, although some makes with plastic parts do get good reviews. Power is another consideration. Any pump with ¼ horsepower (HP) to ½ HP motor should be fine for the average home, although homes in flood-prone areas might want to consider going with a pump with a motor up to 1 HP.
Deciding on a brand is the final choice. This is usually the toughest decision, since most homeowners only buy one to two sump pumps in a lifetime and aren’t sure which brand provides the best quality. There are a number of websites that offer reviews of products and recommendations, including sump pumps by Zoeller, the brand Skillings & Sons prefers. Zoeller’s Might-Mate 50 Series is durable and long-lasting in our experience, as well as moderately priced.
If you have questions about sump pump types and brands, call a Skillings and Sons water technician for more information and if you need a sump pump installed, we are glad to help. Our large trucks are rolling warehouses stocked with everything we need to install a sump pump without having to make additional trips.
Look for a motor between ¼ HP and 1 HP to ensure it can keep up with your water removal demands.
If you suspect water in your basement may become an issue this spring, don't hesitate. Contact Skillings and Sons and speak to one of our technicians. We can recommend the right sump pump for your home.