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The Different Types of Sump Pumps

Living room under waterOn our last blog post, we looked at a basic spring checklist for your plumbing to help start the season off in good shape. One of those tasks was making a check on your home’s sump pump, which can be critical during the summer because of the threat of flooding from snowmelt and rain.

If you don’t have a sump pump at all, however, then the important step to take is to contact our professional plumbers and arrange to have one installed. A sump pump in Clovis, NM protects a house from costly water damage and a rise in humidity levels that can cause many additional problems.

Sump pump installation is a basic job for our plumbers, and it starts with finding the right type of sump pump to meet your needs, as well as where and how to install it for maximum results.

The Two Types of Sump Pumps

There are many different kinds of sump pumps with various levels of horsepower. However, there are two broad categories of sump pumps that all models fall into pedestal sump pumps and submersible sump pumps.

Pedestal Sump Pumps

This type of sump pump is housed above the collection pit where the water in a basement or crawlspace flows, i.e. the sump. As the name implies, the sump pump sits on a pedestal over the sump. A pipe from the pump runs down into the pit. A float in the pit signals to the pump when water begins to collect. The float activates the impeller motors in the pump, which then draws up the water through the pipe and expels it into the wastewater system or a well.

Pedestal sump pumps are easy to care for and maintain, and because they aren’t exposed directly to the water in the sump, they can last for many years. They have lower energy efficiency levels, however, compared to the other type of pump.

Submersible Sump Pumps

You can probably already guess how a submersible sump pump works if you read about a pedestal sump pump: it sits down inside the sump itself. When water starts to fill up the pit, the pump senses it and activates its motors. The pump draws water directly into it through intake valves, and the pump pushes the water out of the pit and then into the wastewater system or well.

Contact with water causes submersible sump pumps to wear down faster, and they may encounter a higher number of repairs. Regular maintenance is essential to see that any sump pump continues to work for as long as possible. The upside is submersible sump pumps use less energy to operate and do a more thorough job of removing water.

Professional Sump Pump Installation

No matter what type of sump pump will work for your home, you can trust the job of finding it and then correctly installing it (including excavating the sump) to our professional plumbers. We offer the work the pump may need in the future as well: repairs, routine maintenance, and eventual replacement.

When you need a plumber, call a Carpenter: Mark Carpenter Plumbing serves the Clovis, NM area with excellent residential and commercial plumbing.