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Types of Sump Pumps
There are two main types of sump pumps. A pedestal sump pump has a motor mounted above the sump pit. The advantage is that this pump is easier to service and lasts up to 30 years, but the disadvantage is that it’s more visible and possibly unsightly to some.
The other kind of pump is submersible. The motor is mounted inside the pump and is known for powering through debris well. It runs more quietly than a pedestal pump. However, a submersible pump has a shorter average life of up to 15 years. It also costs more than a pedestal sump pump.
Maintaining Your Sump Pump
Most of the time, your sump pump will sit quietly with no action. But it needs to be ready to go if a pipe bursts or if the spring rains bring flooding. We recommend routinely checking your pump to ensure it is ready to go when needed.
Some simple things you can do include:
- Inspecting the power cord and making sure the pump has power
- Cleaning the screens
- Testing the unit by dumping a bucket of water into the sump to see if it turns on. If it doesn’t turn on, see if the float or check valve need to be replaced
- Removing any debris that is blocking the sump
- Unplugging the pump and remove any debris that got inside