Flood Insurance Programs
Level Controls for Sump Pumps
Floods can surprise any homeowner
at any time. This unexpected act of nature can cause severe damage to
property along with huge headaches for the ill-prepared. Your first line
of defense should be a sump pump. And if just installing a sump pump is
not quite enough protection, equip them with modern technology that can
handle any type of flood problem. Let’s explore how a handful of
sump pump accessories can help protect you in ways that were inconceivable
a few decades ago.
Flood Free Electronic
Level Control Pumps
Flood Free Electronic Level Control Pumps monitor and control the water
level, thanks to an electronic float switch. A Floodfree pump switch can
be adapted to any manual sump pump for automatic operation. There are
no floats;only probe wires are in use. A Floodfree Switch eliminates pump
damage caused by defective float or diaphragm controls, and will not be
affected by floating debris. The most common cause of basement flooding
is attributable to float control failure. Floats can get stuck, float
switches can fail, and rubber can get stiff and dry rotted, all of which
can prevent proper functioning of a sump pump. A Floodfree switch lets
you determine the amount of water to let into the sump (high water level)
as well as the amount of water to let out (low level).
The SumpWatcher is made from polyester. It is an "Electronic Float"
that replaces the traditional float switch on a sump pump. Since it has
no moving parts, it cannot get stuck, corrode, wear out, or fail like
a regular mechanical float switch. The SumpWatcher will turn the pump
on and off, monitor the motor current to the pump and alert you if it
is drawing too much current. If the SumpWatcher should become overwhelmed
with incoming water, not function properly, or detect a particular problem,
it will alert you. The SumpWatcher will test the pump motor on a daily
basis to ensure proper operation.
Dual Float Level Switch
Dual float means dual protection from float switch failure. Industrial
strength electronics means an extended life span compared to ordinary
float switches. The controller monitors pump and power conditions, and
will sound an alarm should a problem arise. It begins the pumping cycle
when either of the floats rises by 1/4", and runs the pump an additional
10 seconds after the float returns to its original position. When a warning
signal sounds, a light will appear on the front panel of the controller
indicating the nature of the problem detected. A light will blink continuously
to assure you that the controller is functioning properly. A light will
also remind you when the battery is low or when to turn the slide switch
back to the ON position. The Dual Float Level Switch deluxe will also
sound an alarm when the float has been raised for 10 consecutive minutes.
This would indicate a potential pump or plumbing problem. A remote terminal
provides a connection to a home security system or remote dialer.
The PumpGuard eliminates the threat of flooding caused by a faulty pump
switch. This innovative pump protection system features an alarm override
circuit and switch that will sound an alarm as well as override your primary
pump switch and run your pump in the event of switch failure. The PumpGuard
is designed to be used with a fully automatic 115V sump or sewage pump
using a two-cord piggyback switch system. The PumpGuard can be combined
with an optional dialer for remote alert and an optional battery back-up
system for a more secure flood protection.