What is a sump pump?
Basement Fact: A standard sump pump can remove 1,800 to 2,200 gallons of water per hour.
That’s quite a flood! A submersible pump or “sump pump” sits placed in a hole cut into the floor of your basement or crawlspace as part of an interior French drain system. The motor is placed in a sealed, waterproof housing that is either plastic or cast iron. When water around the motor rises to a set level, the pump turns on, flushing water out through piping that runs out to the exterior and away from the house.
There are varying levels of power for sump pumps. If you live in an extreme flood zone, a ½-horsepower pump, which can remove 3,000 gallons of water an hour is ideal. Need even more power? A super-duty ¾-horsepower can remove move a whopping 5,000 gallons of water an hour.
A sump pump is one of the most important components of an effective waterproofing system. While sump pumps are able to handle floods, they can be rendered useless if flooding knocks out power. Therefore, it is important to have a back up system of either a batter back up or second sump pump. Both types of back up system provide around 10 hours of pump time. Aside from having a proper back up system, it is important to maintain your sump pump at least once every 6 months by testing it, however, it is suggested that you test your sump pump once every three months for best maintenance practices.
Carolina Basement Solutions offers a top of the line energy efficient sump pump that is extremely reliable and designed to last even under the most extreme conditions. The PitBoss sump pump is extremely quiet and powerful enough to pump thousands of gallons per hour.
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