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Sump Pump Horsepower
Horsepower (hp), in the case of a sump pump, is a measurement of the power in the pump’s electrical motor. One horsepower is equal to 746 watts. All types of electrical sump pumps have a horsepower rating, as well as a capacity measurement. Both are essential factors in helping you choose the most suitable, most durable sump pump for your home.
You can spend a small amount of money on a low horsepower motor, but you may be disappointed in its effectiveness. Moreover, you may eventually need to replace the pump due to an overworked motor. Much like a vehicle, high hp gives better performance than a low hp, allowing you to tow heavier loads, carry more passengers, or go the extra long distance. Low powered sump pumps are often unable to pump out the water effectively, resulting in potential damage to your home and possessions.
Although there are small, cheap sump pump models on the market, municipal governments, as well as home builders and sump pump manufacturers usually recommend the purchase of a sump pump with no less than 1/3 hp.
A sump pump should also have an adequate capacity rating based on the conditions and location of your home. You can ask your builder or a local plumber to do the calculation for you.
and Special Situations
Industry experts provide solutions for those special situations whereby excessive amounts of water will be flowing through the system. Instead of one large sump pump, they often suggest splitting the load by installing two 1/2 hp units. During extra heavy water flow situations, should one pump malfunction, the second would be able to accommodate in order to prevent flooding.
In any case, having a 1/2 hp sump pump together with a battery operated backup pump should deliver adequate power in the vast majority of situations. Choose adequate sump pump horsepower and sufficient capacity measurement for your home, and your system should work well for decades.