Sump Pump FAQs And Expert Answers

The Most Frequently Asked Sump Pump Questions and Their Answers

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For many people, the best protection against water flooding in their basement is a sump pump, aside from waterproofing the basement. The sump pit may be attached to drain tiles that empties the footholds of the house, below the whole basement, or just the part where the sump is positioned. Below are frequently asked questions regarding sump pumps and the answers that our experts have provided for them:

How do you examine or try a sump pump?

First, confirm that the discharge pipe is not freezing or clogged and that it regulates water away from the building. Then make sure the pump is connected to an electrical source. Slowly dispense about 10 liters of water into the sump. Try to mimic the rate that water would generally run into the sump. Observe the action of the switch and pay attention to the pump sounds. Make the pump turn on and off at least twice. Replace your sump pump if it seems to have many issues.

What size pump should I have for my house?

While there is no fixed size, for the sump pump, you should consider your basement’s needs depending on the extent of flooding you get. The energy or horsepower needs for a house is controlled by the drainage linked to the sump, the depth of the cellar, and numerous other aspects. A 1/3 hp pump is usually good enough for the needs of most houses.

Can you burn out the sump pump if the external pipe is frozen or clogged, or will it spontaneously turn off?

The majority of pumps will not burn out, but they will definitely overheat if left in this situation. Nearly all sump pump engines have thermal protection capabilities. If they overheat, then you have to turn them off and let them cool.

Do all sump pumps have screens which need to be washed?

Many sump pumps do not have installed screens, but they do have filters or other small openings where the water enters. These are sometimes clogged so cleaning is a great idea.

Where should the pump system’s discharge hose be placed?

If possible, ground water should be pumped no less than 20 feet away from the building in such a way that it discharges away from it. It should not be led onto another person’s property, or onto a sewage system.

Water-powered sump pumps can help during emergency

Should you discharge your water into a sewer drain or floor drain?

This is generally not allowed. If you have a septic arrangement, under no conditions should the sump be driven into the floor drain. Pumping extra ground water into the sewer system can overkill the public sewer system, and there are definitely laws against pumping into it.

Should the sump pump have its own electrical source?

A standard grounded electrical outlet is enough to operate a regular sump pump. A sump pump is always submerged or placed near the water, so it is a great idea to have an isolated outlet with a ground fault interrupter (GFI).

Can any individual change a faulty sump pump or does it necessitate specific apparatuses or the skill of a plumber?

The majority of all available sump pumps are equipped with a catalogue of necessary tools and instructions for setting up. It should not be hard for the regular person to change a sump pump.

What should be the size of the sump pit and what type of filler and liner is used?

Sump pits have to be at least 2 feet in diameter. This permits space for the pump system and related tubing, as well as to stock water in between pumping occasions. Either metal or plastic sump pit liners could be used, but plastic is more preferred. When the sump liner is placed, about 4 inches of coarse filler such as gravel must be put in the hole.

It is best for basements that are frequently flooded to have a sump pump installed, so that owners are ensured that their basements are kept dry at all times even in their sleep. It is very easy to purchase and install a sump pump, and there are many available models of the pumps in the market.

For Zoeller models, here is their basic FAQs page

Another helpful link for FAQs regarding sump pumps can be found here.

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