There are two rules to keep in mind about basement sump pumps. The first is that if you have a home that never floods, you don’t need one. The second is that if you do have to buy a sump pump, buy a good one. If you have a serious water problem – for example, a high water table – you’ll need one. Here are some quick tips on buying.
- If your sump basin has the space, choose a submersible pump rather than a pedestal type. Submersible basement sump pumps allow the pit to be covered with a lid to reduce noise and prevent debris falling into the pit. Also, an airtight lid helps prevent moist air from being released into your home.
- Get a pump with a cast iron core – not a plastic one. Cast iron helps to disperse heat to the surrounding water, thereby prolonging the life of the pump.
- To reduce the chance of clogs, basement sump pumps should have a no-screen design along with an impellor, which can handle solids up to half an inch in diameter.
- The float should be solid, so it can’t burn out the pump, fail to switch off, or become waterlogged.
Tip: A good idea is to install a secondary pump, especially if you store valuables in your basement, or you have converted it into a living space. If the primary pump fails, the second one will automatically take over.
At Dry Foundation Technologies in Asheville, NC, we offer basement waterproofing systems, foundation stabilization, and crawlspace moisture control systems. We look forward to helping you prevent the damaging effects of water on your property!