Sump Pumps

What kind of sump pump should I put in my home?

A sump pump is a critical part of a homes plumbing system. The primary job of a sump pump is to remove groundwater from around the home and keep it away from the foundation of the house. Choosing the right sump pump for your home is quite important. Luckily, there are a various models of sump pumps to choose from. Each type has different benefits and drawbacks. Here is a list of the different types of sump pumps:

Happy Plumber Holding Plunger And Wrench On White Background
Happy Plumber Holding Plunger And Wrench On White Background
  • Submersible

A submersible sump pump is placed below water level and sits in the sump basin. This model is smaller and more convenient than pedestal sump pumps. Also, it is much quieter due to being below water level. Overall, this sump pump model runs more efficiently and lasts longer than most other models. This model could also save you money in the long run as well. If you have children, and want them to remain safe, the submersible sump pump may be the way to go.

  • Pedestal

This pump is perfect for houses that don’t have room for a regular submersible sump pump. Pedestal sump pumps come with a motor that sticks above the basin. This is advantageous if you ever need to repair this motor. Inside the pit where the water collects you can find the vertical float switch. It’s important to not that the motor is not waterproof and should stay dry.

  • Effluent

Effluent pumps and sump pumps are often confused. The truth is that they have two very distinct differences. Effluent pumps differ because they collect waste water from drains, laundry room, bathroom sinks and showers. These pumps work automatically but are only suitable for certain houses. Check with a licensed plumber before requesting an install.

  • Backup Pump

If a storm occurs and knocks out the power to your home, your main sump pump will stop functioning. This is where the backup sump pump comes in handy. The backup runs off its own power source and can keep your house dry in devastating circumstances. They tend to have about a twelve-hour battery life and alert you when they take over for the main pump.

If you have any questions regarding the state of your sump pump, please give us a call. We’ll send a licensed plumber down to your home as soon as possible to inspect your sump pump and let you know what is going on. Give us a call at (623)499- 9794.

Is connecting our sump pump discharge hose to the sewer line a good idea?

Connecting your sump pump to the sewer line is not a good idea. We do not recommend you do this. If you’re wanting to connect your sump pump to the storm sewer, usually that is fine, but connecting the sump pump to your sewer line is illegal in most of the United States. Here’s why:

  • Each individual home in the U.S. is tracked for their water usage. The municipal department in your local government does this to know exactly how much to charge each resident who is receiving water in their home. If you connect the sump pump discharge hose directly into the sewer line, they will not be able to track how much water you are using. Basically, you’d be stealing water from the city, which is never a good idea.
  • Another reason connecting your sump pump to the main sewer line is a bad idea is because of the risk of raw sewage backing up into your home. If a large amount of rainfall occurs, it could back up the main sewer line. When these lines get filled to the maximum amount, anything that is connected to the main line could potentially have raw sewage backed up into it. If your sump pump is connected and this happens, you could end up with huge mess to clean up in your home.

If you ever need to work with your sump pump, make sure to call the municipal water department or plumbing board before you do anything major. The smart thing to do, however, is to connect your sump pump to the exterior of your home to prevent any overflows.