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The 2 Types of Sump Pumps Explained

Posted on: December 15, 2015

Sump pumps are an invaluable type of plumbing installation for homes that suffer from issues with water in the basement or crawlspace. A sump pump automatically takes care of the excess water: the water gathers in an excavated area (this is what is properly called the sump) and the pump activates when the water goes above a certain level, removing it. Sump pumps are extremely helpful in case of flooding and homes that have a high water table allowing water to seep into the lower parts of the structure.

Sump pumps don’t come in a one-size-fits-all-homes model. You must have a professional plumber help you select the right sump pump and install it. There are two very broad categories that the plumber will pick from:

Pedestal sump pump

This type of sump pump sits on a stand (the pedestal of the name) located over the sump. A pipe runs down from the pump and into the water, and the impeller motors of the pump draw the water up from the pit, and then pushes the water out into the standard wastewater system or a well. Because the pump is removed from the water, it doesn’t suffer extensive wear and tear and is easy to maintain and service. However, it does require more energy to run than the other type of sump pump.

Submersible sump pump

As the name indicates, this type of pump is submerged in the sump itself, down under the water. The pump has intakes that draw the water inside, and the impeller motor then send the water up out of the pump through a pipe that leads to the exit point. These pumps do not tent to last as long as pedestal pumps and suffer more wear. But they are also more energy efficient and effective at water removal.

Bud Matthews Services offers installation, repairs, and replacements for sump pumps in Durham, NC.

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