TESTING SUMP PUMPS
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Because the cost of purchasing and installing a sump pump can be expensive, you may be asking how long do sump pumps last? This is an important question for consideration due to the fact that the lifespan of a sump pump can depend upon a number of factors including:
- The type of sump pump
- The frequency and intensity of work that will be required of the pump
- The material used to construct the pump
Testing sump pumps regularly can help to alert the homeowner of any mechanical problems that may be present, which can help to extend the life of the pump. There are two ways to test a sump pump yourself:
- Unplug the pump and plug back in. There should be two separate plugs at the outlet. Unplug them both, then plug in only the one that operates the pump. The pump should immediately turn on. If it doesn’t, the pump needs to be repaired or replaced.
- Run enough water through the pump to raise the float and cause the pump to turn on. Monitor the pump to make sure that it pumps out the water.
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Types of Sump Pumps
There are two basic types of sump pumps: submersible and pedestal.
- Submersible pumps are installed within the pump pit and often operate under water. Because these pumps are located below ground level, they tend to operate with less noise and do a good job of eradicating water from their surrounding areas.
- Pedestal pumps operate differently than submersible pumps. As the name implies, a pedestal pump is situated upon a small pole-like structure (pedestal) which is installed in the pump pit. Pedestal pumps also do a good job of eradicating excess water, but they do not handle solid material well that may be contained within the water being pumped.
Frequency and Intensity of Pump Use
Just as is the case with any other motorized device, the level of use can be a factor in answer the question of how long do sump pumps last. If the pump is used regularly, its functionality is more easily determined than if the device sits idle for long periods of time.
In order to assure that the pump is working to its maximum capability, it is advised to test the pump periodically. Testing sump pumps can be done without difficulty by the homeowner, or by professionals if preferred.
Material Used to Construct the Pump
Sump pumps are generally constructed of either cast iron or thermoplastic. Cast iron pumps are usually more durable and last longer than thermoplastic, but both are designed for longevity.