Sump Pump Installation
Does your sump pump run a lot? Is it more than 5 years old? During an average summer the Detroit Metro area receives over a foot of rain. This can keep your home’s sump pump working nearly continuously to keep your basement dry. As mechanical things go, we don’t often think about the sump pump. It’s down in the basement, out of sight and out of mind. In reality, your sump pump is one of the hardest working pieces of equipment in your house. A typical submersible sump pump drains water year round, and when a rainstorm hits this pump works extra duty keeping your basement from flooding. Most metros Detroit homes have sump pumps to aid in basement drainage. So, here are a couple of things to consider:
1. Sump pumps are mechanical and will eventually fail. Average sump pump life approximately 5 years. The most common reason for failure is the sump pump switch.
2. If your sump pump fails during a rainstorm, hundreds of gallons of water can flood your basement in a matter of minutes. It doesn’t take much water to cause thousands of dollars in damage.
3. Basement flooding can ruin your furnace, water heater and other mechanical and electrical devices.
4. Sump pumps should be checked for proper operation a couple of times per year. Pour some water into the sump pit until the submersible pump cycles. This is usually an easy process and only takes a couple of minutes. Don’t wait for a failure during a rainstorm to find out your sump pump doesn’t work.
Backup Sump Pump Installation and Replacement
Like every mechanical things, all sump pumps eventually fail, so if your pump is more than 5 years old consider having it replaced. However, in addition to replacing an old worn out pump you should consider protecting your home with a backup sump pump installation and replacement. Moreover, If you have a finished basement, a backup system is essential. There are two main types of sump pump backup systems, Battery backups and Water driven backups Battery backup systems range from basic to very elaborate. My experience has been the basic systems seem to fail when you need them most. While you don’t need to spend a fortune, you will find that for a few extra dollars you can get a good quality battery backup sump pump. These systems give you an extra measure of defense. Battery backup systems are the best choice for homes on wells. They not only protect your belongings in case of a power failure, but automatically kick in should your primary water pump fail. Water powered sump pumps are configured to turn on automatically, only in the event of a primary sump pump failure. Years of professional experience with primary and backup basement sump pump systems lead to the following conclusion: for the vast majority of homes, water powered sump pumps are the best solution. There are many differences between the primary electric and water powered sump pumps. Electric and water powered sump pumps both evacuate water from the sump but the electric pump is more efficient, cost effective and environmentally preferable. A water powered sump pump is a unique backup pump that is powered by your houses city water supply. For this reason it will not work off of a good unit during power outages. As such these systems are only for homes utilizing city supplied water. One major drawback to the water powered sump pump is that it costs considerably more money to run over a specific time period than an electric sump pump, since it is less efficient considering the cost of water. This is why it is intended for use as an emergency pump.
Water powered backup pumps are much simpler than battery powered backup pumps, and require essentially no maintenance, so they fundamentally have less to go wrong. However, you must have a reliable municipal water supply, consistently achieving 20 psi pressure or more. Water powered emergency pumps work best with a full size, unrestricted water supply directly from the house water meter outlet to the pump. In an unfinished basement it is usually not a problem to run the required water line to your emergency backup pump, which must be located above the sump pit.
A water powered sump pump employs the Venture effect. The Venture effect happens when city water under pressure is converted into a high velocity jet at the throat of an ejector nozzle (a nozzle is made by pinching a tube in the middle, making a carefully balanced hour glassshape) which creates a low pressure at that point. The low pressure creates a vacuum that draws sump water into the nozzle where it mixes with the city water and together are discharged from the sump. The water powered pump removes two gallons of water from the bucket for every one gallon of water supplied. Unlike battery backups, water powered sump pumps will operate as needed for an unlimited amount of time. No battery is needed and no maintenance is required. If you have a prolonged power outage you don’t need to worry about this back up pump quitting. The water powered sump pump is very reliable during extreme situations. Water powered emergency pumps will run as long as there is adequate municipal water pressure, typically greater than 20 PSI. This means it does not take a break and will continue to work no matter what. What homeowners will love about this pump is that it is worth the investment. A water powered emergency sump pump is your best choice for a cost effective emergency sump pump. With this ultra reliable backup pumping system in place, you will always be able to protect your basement — even if the electrical power fails for an extended period. Additionally, there is Effectively, no required maintenance and no battery to worry about. As long as you have city water you’ll have a working sump pump and a dry basement—even if the power fails. These systems provide around the clock protection, and in fact can pump more water per minute than many primary sump pumps. We can help you determine which sump pump system is right for your home.