Sump Pumps

A quality, properly functioning sump pump can be an important investment for keeping your home dry. Our experienced and trained professionals can assess your needs and recommend and install the best pump for you. Recieve FREE basement waterproofing and basement crack repair inspection with any sump pump installation.

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.

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.

Replacement pumps

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.

Test Regularly

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 from flooding.

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.

Cable routing

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 operates normally.

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.