If the house has a serious flooding problem, a sump pump could help, but it is important to understand when purchasing to get the right one. What is a sump pump? If you require a sump pump that sits in the basement, it is beneath in the case of a submersible pump or above the floor. It pumps out the water that collects in the sump basin. It is discharged to the outdoors.

If you do purchase a house with a water problem, there may be several ways of correcting it before restoring a sump pump that will need a pit as well.  If you must invest in a sump pump, you should put your money towards one renowned for its high quality. In some instances, you might be better off buying two or three.

Sump Pump Alternatives

When considering the availability of options to stop water from entering the house, it is important to consider the foundation.  Installing a sump pump can be messy. Another solution might be to find a more efficient pump, for instance, the homeowner who puts in a sump pump might abandon it after a while if he finds an outdoor curtain drain that diverts water into a pond. It might also be important to install or repair gutters to ensure that it does not drain into the foundation.

If there is a walkway, a patio, or pool deck, and if that slopes towards the house instead of sloping away, it contributes to the gallons of water that flow into the house and this could cause a problem. Some services can re-level slabs so that they drain away from the house, but different types of patios cannot be removed once installed.

Choosing a Sump Pump

If the water problem is serious, like high water tables that get higher when it rains, there is no other way but to get a sump pump. For this, you need to choose a submersible pump over a pedestal pump. This is if the sump basin has space.  Submersible pumps allow the sump pit to be covered and this is the lead. It reduces the pumping noise It stops debris from falling into the pit, and it has an airtight lid that helps keep the moist air from being released into the house. You must buy a pump with a cast iron core, not one made of plastic.

Cast iron helps dissipate heat to the water that is surrounding. This will lengthen the life of the pump. To minimize the chance of clogging, the sump would have no screen intake design that is coupled with the Impaler that can handle solid waste up to half an inch in diameter. The switch needs to be mechanical. It is not a pressure switch. The floor should be solid so that it cannot become waterlogged. If not, the pump will burn out. There should be one with an alarm to warn you when the water reaches a certain level.

A Secondary Pump 

A secondary pump that is installed right away is the next good idea, especially if the basement has been converted into a living space. If the primary pump fails or is overwhelming, the second pump automatically takes it over. This is the assurance a battery backup pump can be installed when the power goes out as it can contribute even for two or three days.

If you are looking for a plumber that can handle your sump pump installation, contact the professionals at Halifax Plumbing Experts today!