If you have a basement or part of your house that is below ground level, have you experienced any flooding? If you have then looking into getting a sump pump might be the next best step you can make. Although that is not the only place where a sump pump can be used, as you can use them in storm drains or a dry well. And if you are on an older property you may even have one connected to your sewer. And while the use of sewage sump pumps wasn’t uncommon a while ago, it isn’t used like that anywhere near as much today.
But what is a sump pump? And what do I need one? Great questions. Let’s begin with the sump pump itself and what it is.
A sump pump is a submersible pump that is used to drain water that has accumulated in a sump pit or tank. The sump pit/tank will be commonly found in the basement of the home. This is a man made tank that has been placed in the ground to collect water. The water collected from the tank may have entered from drains which have been funneled into the tank or collected naturally from the ground water in the earth.
In touching on why you would need a sump pump. This can be gauged quite easily, if you have a basement and it floods, then you will more than likely need and i dare say, want a sump pump. As not every basement is going to be a barren room with very little in it and only has concrete flooring. And the last thing you would want is for it to be continually flooded when it can be so easily fixed.
The next big question you will need to ask yourself is whether you want the sump pump to be manual or automatic. As a manual sump pump must be trend on and off by the owner, however you can find some models where you are able to pump down to as little as 3ml with the manual sump pump. If you choose the automatic sump pump, it has a switch within the device that activates the pump when the water has reached a predetermined height, it then turns off the sump pump once the water has been drained.
Depending on how low the sump tank is located in relation to the discharge location, you will also need to account for how much horsepower you will need your sump pump to have. As too little power and it won’t be able to drain the sump tank, and could also wear out the pump prematurely. The head pressure of a sump pump will also determine which pump will be ideal for you use. For example if you get a sump pump with a 20’ maximum head, then the pump will be able to move the water 20’ before it completely loses its flow. Also please note that if there are and bends or long horizontal runs that this will also affect the overall head pressure.
If you do have any concerns or are unsure with what pump will best suit your requirements, whether that would be residential or commercially. Feel free to contact our professional and friendly team at Aline Pumps as our expert team will be able to find the best solution for your needs.