You need a sump pump if you want to avoid water damage to your property. If your basement or crawl space is prone to flooding and you do not have a sump pump installed, you will be looking at some very costly damage eventually. If you have ever had to ‘treat’ even the mildest of floods, you will know that the stench is foul and even the smallest amount of damage will cost you an arm and a leg. In many cases, you may not even be covered for the damage under your home insurance as you did not have a sump pump installed.
Superior Pump 1/4 HP Thermoplastic Submersible Utility Pump
The plastic construction of the Superior Pump helps to keep costs down. However, don’t worry about this being a sump pump which is just going to break on you. The construction is corrosion resistant which means that it should be able to work for you for many years to come. This is a sump pump which has been designed for domestic use. It is able to pump up to 30 gallons of water a minute at a vertical height of 25 feet. This is an astonishing amount considering it comes in a rather small package.
It is even able to run continually for periods of time although, of course, it is never really recommended that you run your sump pump continually as it can cause issues in the long term.
You can fit this sump pump into a six-inch opening which makes it one of the most compact sump pumps on the market.
Zoeller M53 Mighty-mate Submersible Sump Pump, 1/3 Hp
The Zoeller sump pump is a submersible sump pump that is a favorite among many contractors and plumbers. This is due to the amount of efficiency it boasts when it is looking to clear water out of a sump pit. One of the main advantages of this pump is that it is made from cast iron. This means that there should be absolutely no issues in terms of breaking down in the pit. Even the automatic float switch is constructed to a high standard. Basically, this is a sump pump which has really been built to last. Trust us on this one.
The fact that this sump pump has a 9ft power cord means that your sump pit can be a good distance away from your electrical system and you will still be able to use the sump pump. The one-third horsepower construction means that it is going to be pumping out water from your sump pit incredibly efficiently.
The well-constructed nature of this sump pump means that you are able to just install it and leave it in place. If the switch fails, you can get the spare parts to replace it with ease.
WAYNE CDU980E 3/4 HP Submersible Cast Iron and Stainless Steel Sump Pump With Integrated Vertical Float Switch
If you are looking for one of the highest-powered sump pumps on the market, then this is what you need. It is able to cope with 4,600 gallons of water per hour. The Wayne CDU 980E is more than enough for most situations. It will be able to cope with 3,500 gallons per hour at 10 feet lift. Basically, unless there is serious flooding in your area, that is going to work. Plus, if you have 3,500 gallons of water flowing in, you probably have serious issues anyway.
Perhaps the real highlight of this sump pump is that it has a quality float switch inside. This float switch has been extensively tested.
In fact, it has been tested up to one million cycles. This means that once you have the sump pump in place, you probably will not need to constantly check the water flow in the pit. You can just expect it to work without any issues.
Flotec FPPM3600D-01/09 1/3 HP Pedestal Sump Pump
This is a very rugged pedestal sump pump. It has a 1/3 HP motor which should be able to cope with most domestic situations. It is able to pump 3480 gallons of water per hour, which should be more than enough. The real highlight of this pump is that it has a non-clogging impeller. You do not really see this at this price range. Most cheap pedestal sump pumps require a lot of effort on the part of the owner to keep working. Not the Flotec. It is very much a case of leaving it in place and it will continue to work for you.
One of the things that we love about the Flotec FPPM3600D is that it has been constructed in the United States. This means that it has been constructed to a very high standard. It is unlikely you will run into any issues with it, but it is nice to know that somebody has your back should you do so.
Liberty Pumps 257 1/3-Horse Power 1-1/2-Inch Discharge 250-Series Cast Iron Automatic Submersible Sump/Effluent Pump with VMF Switch
This cast iron sump pump is powerful. It is able to deal with up to 50 gallons of water per minute. This is incredibly efficient. The cast iron construction does push it into the more expensive side of things, but that is OK in our opinion. Despite being a touch more expensive than other sump pumps on the market, it is able to continue to perform to a high standard for years to come. These things are going to be nigh on indestructible.
The magnetically operated vertical float switch is incredibly robust. If you do ever have an issue with it, it will not be for years down the line. Couple this with the 10 foot power cord and you can ensure that your sump pump can be a good distance from your sump pit.
The job of the sump pump is to prevent flooding. Basically, it helps to keep the building dry. Sump pumps are installed in what are known as sump pits. Water will be directed to the sump pit. There will either be a drain in place or it will be a natural water flow through the soil around the sump pit. As the water in the sump pit starts to fill up, the sump pump will be kicked into action and it will start to push it out.