Have you faced the embarrassing situation where you were forced to call a professional to fix a small problem in your float sump pump? The guy is able of fix the problem in no time and you end up feeling a bit stupid and wish that you had a better idea of how your float sump pump works. If you have faced this situation before, you probably don’t want to face it again. Well here is your chance.
Your float sump pump is there to make sure that your basement doesn’t get flooded. Due to many reasons however, these devices tend to break down and you come home at the end of the day to find a minor flood situation. Many people may have experienced this situation.
The float switch is probably the most important thing in any pump of this type. A ‘float switch failure’ is probably the main reason for 90% of problems you have to face due to your float sump pump breaking down. Make sure that you know how replace the float switch. You might have to do so once in a while, so try to get a float sump pump in which the float switch can be easily replaced. You would have to go through reviews about these products and talk to the salespeople if you are to find such a pump. There can be various small pieces of wood or dirt in the water which can hinder the activity of your float switch. You can get your float sump pump to work again by removing these things if debris is the cause of the problem.
You might be able to save quite bit of money by doing these kinds of small repair work on your own. Most importantly, you wouldn’t have to wait for hours till your float sump pump is fixed, at times when you find it hard to find anyone to do the job for you. Getting a basic idea of these kinds of things might come in handy at a time you might never expect.
Some float sump pump switches are somewhat expensive. The switch could cost you more than $120 if you are looking for a well known brand. Some switches however, could be bought for $40. Keep in mind that your float sump pump switch should not be too hard to replace. Don’t think only about the price and regret your choice later.
Get an understanding of the basic and the most common types of float sump pump problems. Learn what you should do in such cases. Remember not to try anything that you are not sure of because it could worsen the problem. You should bear in mind that sometimes your float sump pump might just stop working because it has broken down with age. You probably would not be able to use even the best float sump pump for more than 10 years.
Battery sump pumps are used to remove water or other liquids which gets accumulated in sump pits or other small crevices. These battery sump pumps are mostly used in the basements of houses where water from the upper floors gets collected. A common battery sump pump has a covering which does not allow anything to seep inside. These pumps can be either installed by the user or have it installed by a professional which can be expensive. There are two types of sumps which are the stationary sump pumps and portable sump pumps. Battery sump pumps are usually portable.
The price of the battery sump pumps depends on the horsepower of its motor and the make. The horsepower of these battery sump pumps range from 1/6th to ½ HP and the prices of these pumps range from sixty to six hundred dollars. But, what is most important to consider when buying a battery sump pump is the number of gallons per hour or the number of gallons per minute a pump is able to suck out. Most battery sump pumps are able to suck out liquids containing small solids without stalling its motor, which makes it a much more versatile piece of equipment.
Another important feature of the battery sump pump is that it’s portable and can be carried out to places which do not even have electricity. This is one main reason the municipality council uses this piece of machinery to clean out small sewer systems which are blocked with sewage. It is small and hence can be carried to the exact location where it is needed. Since it does not have any wires attached people who use this machine can easily maneuver it while at work. The battery sump pump is most beneficial to people who live in an area where there is frequent power cuts. Some of this battery pump also comes with an automatic battery recharger. This battery recharger keeps the battery recharged even if the pump has not been used for years. It is made sure by the manufacturers that this battery charger never over charges the battery.
The materials which the battery sump pump is made of also affects the price of the pump such as cast bronze, stainless steel, polypropylene and other plastics go into making this pump. Also maintaining a battery sump pump is not easy; it needs constant looking after and care. The material which gets clogged up in the sump should be removed frequently before it packs up and troubles the motor of the battery sump pump.
Mostly these battery sump pumps are made to work simultaneously with the bigger main pump. The much smaller battery sump pump kicks in whenever the main pump malfunctions and acts as a backup.