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How to Choose the Right Sump Pump

Apr 3

Have you heard? According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, more than 60 percent of American homes have problems with below-ground wetness. If you're googling for sump pump Charlotte, NC buying information, then you're probably one of those affected. Crawlspace Xperts have spoken. Keep reading for veteran advice in finding the best sump pump for your home. 

You have a wide variety of options with sump pumps. Here are some pointers to take note of as you make the ultimate decision of choosing the right sump pump for you:

Manual or Automatic?

Manually operated sump pumps are a bit cheaper, but automatic pumps are far more convenient.

How Much Horsepower is Needed?

Most sump pumps have a horsepower of one-quarter to one-third. A more powerful motor can pump more water, but you shouldn't go overboard if your moisture problem isn't severe.

Don't forget to factor in elbow joints, narrow pipes, and check valves; they increase friction, potentially necessitating a more powerful pump. Contact a plumber if you are unsure whether your sump pump Charlotte, NC is adequate.

What is Head Pressure?

A pump's head pressure refers to the height to which it can raise water. For instance, a pump with a head pressure of 12 feet (3.7 meters) can raise water up to this height, minus around 10 percent for physical limitations such as bends in the pipe. You must choose a pump that is capable of lifting water from the sump pit up to the outlet pipe.

How about Cord Length?

Sump pumps must be plugged directly into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet instead of an extension cord. So, consider the proximity of your power source when you purchase. 

Is There a Recommended Voltage?

Sump pumps in U.S. homes typically operate on 110-volt circuits- that's the standard. Some pumps use 220 or 460 volts, but they are mostly used for industrial purposes.

Do I Need a Backup Pump?

No. But Crawlspace Xperts recommends that you get one. If your power goes out and your primary pump cannot function, a backup pump could prevent water from overflowing your sump pump pit, especially during a complete basement flood. Water or battery-powered backup pumps may be the answer.

Are Alarm Systems Necessary?

Alarms on your sump pump warn you of dangerous water levels in your tank before they become a huge problem. If something goes wrong, they generate a sound alarm, light a visual indicator, and/or send a text and email message. Choose the alarm notification that fits with your personal lifestyle. 

How Much Budget Should be Allotted for Buying a Sump Pump?

On average, a new sump pump costs between $100 and $500.That varies according to its size and style; pedestal pumps, for example, are cheaper than combination pumps.

When you buy a new one, the cost of the pump is only one part of the equation. You also need to pay to install your sump pump Charlotte, NC. If your basement does not have a sump pit, its installation can be expensive. A new sump pit will cost you between $2,500 and $5,000, including installing a pump on a concrete floor.

How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Sump Pump?

The cost is much lower if you already have a sump pit and are only replacing the pump. If you do the installation yourself, you won't need to spend more than the cost of a new pump which ranges between $100 and $500.

The average cost for a replacement sump pump is around $500, including the price of the pump.

 How Long is the Sump Pump's Life Span?

Generally, pumps last for about ten years, but their longevity depends on their acidity and cleanliness.

Crawlspace Xperts Can Help!

Trust only the veterans like Crawlspace Xperts when choosing and installing the right sump pump Charlotte, NC. Contact them to set an appointment and have your sump pump installed right away!