Submersible sump pumps are one of the most common pieces of equipment among homeowners with basements. Basements inevitably experience flooding in regions with high water tables or areas with frequent rain in combination with inadequate drainage.
You need to keep your basement dry! Right? Submersible sump installation will move water and moisture that collects beneath your basement floor into a sump pit where the water drains. It’s very simple but you need the right sump pump for it work.
Sump Pump (Submersible) Advantages
The two staple sump pumps are the submersible sump pump and the pedestal sump pump. Does it really matter? Yes. The sump pit is where the water collects and this is where you will put pump which is less noisy than a pedestal pump. The nice thing about submersible pumps is that you don’t even notice they are in your basement because they’re hidden inside the sump pit with a cover over top. One of the main reasons a submersible pump is so attractive is because it can handle very high volumes of water and dirty water. Dirty water can clog pedestal pumps and other inferior pumps. If you have pets or small children, you need this type of pump because the motor is not exposed and can’t be tampered with unlike a pedestal pump.
Types of floats switches
There are four types of float switches equipped submersible sewage pumps and submersible water pumps. There really isn’t a preferred type of switch among consumers because they all work effectively. Vertical floats are extremely sensitive to water level fluctuation giving you confidence that water will be pumped at the earliest sign of a rise in water levels. The Diaphragm float switch reacts to water pressure rather than water levels but it is still reliable. The Tether float is built inside the sump pump and reacts to rising water levels inside the pit. Finally, the Probe switch is the only computer controlled switch. A microprocessor senses water pressure and turns the pump on.
What are the disadvantages of operating a submersible pump?
While submersible sump pumps are the preferred choice among home owners, you should be aware of the disadvantages when compared to a pedestal pump. Repairs are much tougher because the pump must be disconnected and removed from the pit. Submersibles cost more and have a slightly higher maintenance and repair cost.
The most reliable sump pump brands are Zoeller, Wayne, Liberty and Superior. Take a look at our sump pump reviews and ratings for comparison if you’re not sure which pump is right for you.