Sump pumps are used in applications where excess water must be pumped away from a particular area. They generally sit in a basin or sump that collects this excess water, hence the name basin sump pump, or simply sump pump.  While most people are familiar with sump pumps due to their high level of residential use, “sump pumps” in this context purely refers to the industrial styles. 

 

Sump pumps, in general, is a category that encompasses a number of styles of pumps that are used to pump out collected fluid.  This classification includes bilge and ballast pumps, centrifugal pumps, cantilever pumps, sewage pump pumps, submersible sump pumps and utility pumps, among others.  All of these styles may be driven by any of the following power sources, AC power, DC power, hydraulically actuation, or water powered sump pumps.  

Selecting Sump Pumps

When selecting between the available styles of sump pumps, the most important specifications to consider include the size of the pump and the size of the sump pump pit into which it will be placed, as well as maximum discharge flow, maximum discharge pressure, discharge size, and media temperature.  

 

In general sump pumps are known for their reliability, as they are the first line of defense against the potential disasters associated flooding.  Sometimes, however, sump pumps do break down and the resultant damage to equipment and the time and money lost due to clean-up and down-time can be staggering.  To solve this problem, there are battery back-up sump pumps, which can function if the main power system breaks down.  Back-up sump pumps are a wise choice if one thinks of the potential disasters.  Additionally, routine maintenance and sump pump repair schedules should be adhered to, to make sure that proper functionality is maintained.  Periodic inspection of the sump pump pit should also be conducted to make sure that large solids or other items are not in a position that could clog the pump system and cause failure.


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