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Pedestal Sump Pumps

Unlike the submersible model, a pedestal sump pump is designed to sit above the water level. It has a sensor or float switch on board that activates the motor when the water reaches a certain level. Although pedestal sump pumps tend to be noisier than the submersible ones, they have many advantages that make it a popular choice for homeowners. Here are some of its benefits over other styles of sump pumps:Pedestal Sump Pump

  • Less expensive
  • Easy access
  • Simple maintenance
  • Less costly to repair
  • Longer lifespan

Pedestal sump pumps are long and thin in shape, and are generally made of stainless steel, cast iron or bronze. Manufacturers produce them in various sizes, typically ranging from 29” to 44” with a 1/6 to 1/2 hp motor, although some models have a higher horsepower. Each pump has a water flow capacity rating that is measured in Gallons Per Minute (GPM) or Gallons Per Hour (GPH). Some pedestal sump pumps are built for residential use, while others are more suitable for industrial buildings.

Basics of the Float Switch
Pedestal sump pumps are activated with a float switch that extends down the length of the shaft. The switch resembles a toilet float, with a large ball on one end that rises and falls with the water level. When the floating ball moves up beyond a certain point, screw-clamp fittings contact the mechanical switch that powers up the motor, and the water is pumped out. When the float drops to its normal position again, another fitting contacts the switch, turning the motor off.

In the event of a float becoming defective, some sump pump models have a built-in alarm that sounds off when the water in the pit reaches a certain level, allowing you to manually turn on the pump.

Installation and Maintenance
The set up of a pedestal sump pump is a job best done by a professional, given that to the unit must be sturdy and in proper position for operation. Retailers are often able to suggest a reliable contractor for installation. Location of the water table, soil conditions and climate are all factors to be considered when installing this essential home system.

Corrosion-resistant materials, such as cast iron and stainless steel, will keep your pedestal sump pump in good working order for years. Its expected lifespan is between 25 and 30 years, depending on the manufacturer’s quality of material and craftsmanship, and on frequency of operation. Submersible pumps usually last between 5 to 15 years. Because the mechanical equipment is partially submerged in water, it is recommended that you invest in top of the line materials that are built to last.

Basic examination of the sump pump and its float, as well as regular removal of any excess debris in the pit will ensure proper operation.

Back It Up
Even though you may have purchased a reliable and good quality pedestal sump pump, it is nevertheless a good idea to invest in a backup system. Because sump pumps function on electricity, a battery operated pump or a water-powered pump should be installed as back up in case of electric power failure. The water-powered unit has a valve that is hooked into the municipal water system for operation; however, prior to deciding on this option, make sure that your municipal water system is not also impaired during power outages.
You can protect your home against water damage and the potential growth of molds that can cause health problems. Invest in a quality sump pump that is the proper size, power and capacity for your house.


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