Sump pump: vertical switch vs float
We recently moved into a new house with three sump wells. Last night we had our first big rain and I'm glad that I checked the sumps. One of the pumps had failed and water was at the top lip of the sump pit. I ran to Home Depot and quickly bought a replacement to get by. As I'm looking to replace the other two sump pumps I've noticed that there are two types of switches: vertical and float. It seems like the better quality pumps use a vertical switch. My concern is that my sump pits usually fill about 1/2 full rather quickly, then they fill much more slowly after that. I'm concerned that with a vertical switch the pump would constantly be going off trying to keep the water below that 1/2 mark.
Realizing the problem we narrowly missed I'm also going to look at the backup sump with battery options. Last thing I want is to go away for the day and come home to a wet finished basement.
Is this a "new" house or new to you?
All kinds of warning flags would have gone off for me If I'm looking at homes and see 3 pumps.
Something has to be done outside to stop all that water from getting in the basement in the first place.
Working gutters with down spout at least 10 ft. away from the foundation.
Grade running away from the house.
No mulch or flower beds up against the house.
May even need a French drain.
Most are adjustable so they turn on when a certain level of water is reached. There are a lot of good ones out there (so many choices). Really depends on your particular situation and what kind of room you have in your basin, etc., as to what will work best for you. I attached a short video for you so you can be an informed cusumer when shopping for new ones. Hope it helps. Thanks.
Sump pumps review, vertical switch vs float
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