Sump Pump Installation Chicago and Chicagoland
A quality, properly functioning sump pump can be an important investment
for keeping your home dry. Our experienced and trained professionals can
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Zoeller M98 Automatic 98 Cast Iron Series Submersible Pump
The cast iron sump pump also utilises stainless steel screws in its construction.
It is also fitted with a two pole float operated mechanical switch, which
isolates both poles from the electricity.The It is designed to deal with
solids up to ½ inch. Operating at 115 volts it will pump up to
3420 gallons per hour with a five meter head, you get 3060 gallons per
hour at a ten meter head and 2580 gallons per hour at fifteen meter head.
As this Zoeller flow-mate M98 submersible pump is constructed of cast
iron it is quite heavy for the size. This will allow the sump pump to
stand easily at the bottom of the liquids in the sump or pit you choose
to use it in.
Corrosion resistant powder coated epoxy finish
- Durable cast iron construction
- Cast iron switch case, motor, pump housing and base
- No sheet metal parts to rust or corrode
- All castings are cast iron class 25-30 25000# tensile strength
- Stainless steel screws, guard, handle, arm and seal assembly
- Float operated submersible (NEMA 6) 2 pole mechanical switch
- Permanent split capacitor motor, oil filled and hermetically sealed.
- Bearings – upper & lower oil fed cast iron
- Carbon and ceramic shaft seal
Clear Quite Check Valve Available With All Sump Pump Installations: Are you are tired of noise stemming from your sump pump check valve? The
solution is simple, " Smart" Check Valve innovative Quiet design
eliminates water hammer noise. " Smart" Check Valves provide
reliable back-flow prevention without the inline restriction of a coventional
center poppet Check Valve. The " Smart" Check remains in the
closed position to 2 PSI, opening fully when 2 PSI line pressure is exceeded.
The " Smart" Check is equipped with a Spring-Loaded gate mechanisim,
allowing the valve to be installed in virtually any orientation. All valves
are Clear UV Stabilized PVC, with Slip x Slip connections.
Why does a sump pump fail?
Power Failure: In most cases, a sump pump fails because of a loss of power. There are
several reasons you could lose power. There could be a storm causing a
local power outage, a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse; a damaged
power feed line or even something as simple as an unplugged pump. In some
cases a wearing sump pump will cause the electrical breaker to trip.
Mechanical Failure: Another common reason for sump pump failure is a mechanical problem,
such as a faulty part or an aging pump. The pump may be burned out or
jammed with mud or a stone. It could have a broken impeller, drive shaft
or the float switch could be stuck or broken. A back up pump isn't
going to protect you from mechanical failure so it is wise to purchase
a separate alarm that will alert you to a system failure in addition to
your backup pump. Most mechanical problems with the sump pump are float
related. If the pump does not start, the float may be hanging on something
in the tank. A simple repositioning of the pump should solve the problem.
If this fails, the float may need replacement. If the pump fails to shut
off when the water level drops to the bottom of the sump tank, this indicates
you need a new float.
Pump Overload: Pump overload usually occurs when an excess of water flows into the sump
pump. When this happens the pump is unable to handle all of the incoming
water and it malfunctions. Also, a pump will overload if foreign matter
becomes trapped, partially clogging the pump. This will cause the motor
to start to run slower and eventually the sump pump will stop working.
Checking your sump pump
It is important to check your sump pump regularly to make sure that it is in proper working condition. Remove the cover
and slowly pour water into the sump tank. Watch for the "float"
to rise and trigger the pump. Once the pump is engaged, the water level
will quickly lower and the float will shut off the pump. This is what
is called "a normal sump cycle". A sump pump will solve most
basement flooding and leaking issues. As a full service basement waterproofing
company, Reliable Basement Services will install a sump system in your
basement that will direct water from around and beneath the basement foundation
into a sump pit at the lowest point. The electric powered sump pump will
discharge the water out of the pit and into the city storm drain or wherever
local codes require.
Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out over time
and will need to be replaced. There is no general rule on how often a
sump pump should be replaced since it depends on how often the pump operates.
It is important to test your sump pump regularly to make sure it will
operate when the next big downpour occurs. Test it by pouring a bucket
of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on, remove the water
from the pit and shut itself off in a matter of seconds.
Consider a backup
If your home experiences a power outage out for an extended period or
if your primary sump pump fails, a battery backup sump pump or one of
many water powered backup systems (that use your home's water supply
pressure to remove water from the sump pit) will protect your basement
Sump Pump Tips
Sump pumps are your first line of defense to keep water out of your basement they also protect your foundations
and the structural integrity of your house.
By the time you look to call on the pump it might not have run for some
time. So you need to plan ahead and ensure your pump will run when needed
and not have you arriving home to a flooded basement. The average life
of a sump pump is about 7 years, the average life of the sump pump switch
is about 4 years.
Sump pump maintenance will take no more than around 10 minutes to completeand you will need to check the operation of your sump pump and ensure it
is there for you whenever you need it.Tips for sump pump maintenance
Keep a cover over the sump basin.This will keep out animals and children as well as ensuring you do not
have any debris falling into the basin causing the float switch not to
work properly.A cover will also reduce any odors, and radon levels
Inspect for debris
Inspect the sump basin for any debris and remove any you might find before
operating the pump. You do not want this to get sucked into the sump pump
impeller or obstruct the float switch. So, always ensure you remove the
debris first before you test the pump.
Check pump screens/ Inlet screens
Check the inlet screens on your pump are free from debris and residue
build up, as if they are blocked up this will reduce the operational efficiency
of your sump pump. Therefore this will reduce the volume of water the
pump removes which will be a lot less than it is designed to pump. If
needed bring a hose and wash down the external of the sump pump as well
as the basin to remove all debris that may affect the operation of the pump.
Electricity and safety
As there is electricity and water within the same installation you should
ensure you are electrically protected using a ground fault indicator (GFI).
This should keep you safe as it should trip the electricity if there is
a fault. Check the operation of this if there is a test facility to do so.
Check for correct cable routing as well as the cable being in good condition.
Also check the cable is secured and not loose and in a situation where
it might fall into the sump. This could prove lethal and have happened
in some rare circumstances. So check the cable is fixed and secure (zip
ties work great for this).
Check your discharge pipes
Always have a check valve fitted, this is to stop the pumped water within
the discharge pumped line from returning into the sump and refilling the
sump once pumped away. It only allows the water to move in one direction
(out of your sump and home). If this is faulty you will see your sump
re-filling and your pump can run more frequently.
Check the discharge line for leaks, damage, or freezing. Make sure all
is intact including the end of your pumping line. If you are able to visually
see the pumped line ensure the end is free to allow the pumped water to
properly run clear.
Water test your pump
Fill the sump with water and observe the operation of the sump pump. This
way you can watch the operation of the float switch, ensure it rises with
the water level and moves easily and freely. Some pumps have a pressure
switch, so this process will be necessary.
Check the operation of the float switch
Once the float reaches the switch on point you want to observe the sump
pump running. You should of course listen to the pump as well. What you
are listening for in this case is the connection of the float switch and
that the switch makes without any hesitation or resistance and runs the
pump properly. As the float switch is considered one of the weak points
of a sump pump you can observe this in this test and ensure your switch
Listen to the pump
Now the pump is running you want to listen to the pump itself running.
Make sure there are no squealing or grinding noises or even metal on metal.
With the sump pump running there should be some minor vibrations, if there
are excessive vibrations then you must investigate this. Excessive vibration
or noises may indicate the bearings or internal workings of the pump may
be wearing out.
Operate the pump several times
Operate the pump like this several times just to get the pump operating
efficiently and also check that the sump pump also stops pumping whenever
the water level is pumped down to a suitable level and the switch has
returned to a resting position. In general what you are doing is checking
complete cycles of the sump pump to check it is working as it should do
when it might be needed.
Check Valve operation
Listen for the check valve click as well within this operation sequence;
you want to hear the check valve operating as the pump stops pumping.
The check valve should close with a click and stop the water from returning
into the sump.