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We are in the process of adding more products and our easy to shop tools. We will feature Easy Online Shopping For Sump Pumps And Other Pump Types with many product display options so you can review and compare sump pump products and find the best pump for your water pumping needs.
Top Rated Sump Pumps
Do you wish you could own a top rated sump pump but do not know how to find which ones are best? We will show you how to compare sump pumps so you can be the proud owner of one of them.
First, let’s consider all major brands and models of (1/2 HP) half horse power sump pumps. Our collection includes the Zoeller M75, M76, M90 Series, M137; Liberty Pumps 280 Series, 450 Series; Wayne Pumps 50 Series (CDT, SPF, WST); Little Giant 10EC Series; Superior Pump Model 925 Series; Flotec 50-Series and 73-Series; Simer 2166, 4185-Series, Red Lion RL-SP50-Series, RL-50SC-Series; Glentronics ST1050-Series, S3050-Series, s5050-Series; Myers 50-Series (MDC, MCI, SX, DS), BurCam 3007-Series; Ridgid 500-Series; Everbilt 050-Series, S50-Series; ECO-FLO ECD50 Series.
The Float Switch
Second, let’s look at the float switch. Tether and vertical are used. We prefer the vertical float switch.
Tether PROS: The ON OFF point can be customized to some degree. Tether CONS: The tether takes the more horizontal room in the basin and it can get caught more easily.
Vertical PROS: Takes less horizontal basin space; usually has a protective guard so float will not get caught; Vertical CONS: ON OFF Point is preset and not customizable.
Third, let’s look at the material used for the parts. We prefer cast iron.
Cast Iron PROS: Heavy; durable; epoxy coated for rust resistance; dissipates heat well; does not easily crack or break; does not warp; is strong. CONS: Bronze is even better than cast iron; however bronze is very expensive.
Fourth, even though the above mentioned brand model series are half horse power pumps, they do not all have the same pumping capacity and their motors are not operating at the same capacity percentage.
Warranty And Testing
Fifth, few manufacturers test every pump before it is shipped. Cast iron pumps have a longer warranty period, generally three years.
Best Backup Sump Pump System
Do you wish you knew what the best backup sump pump system is? Personally we wish the electricity would never fail during a rainstorm and our primary pump would never experience part failure; however, we know that is unrealistic. So how do we find the best backup system?
First, let’s consider the power sources available: battery, water power, solar, and gas.
Battery power PROS: They operate automatically when water level reaches height of float; deep cycle marine batteries are very easy to find and buy; they are easy to install; multiple batteries can be paralleled with jump cable to extend run time. Inverters convert battery power to AC power which runs an electrical primary pump. CONS: Run time is limited; during heavy extended rainy periods batteries may be hard to find; new batteries require charging time; when battery depletion will occur is hard to predict.
Water Power PROS: Water is generally plentiful; operation happens automatically; mechanical failure is highly unlikely because there are no moving parts; safeguards can be installed to prevent operation in case of failure. CONS: City water is required because it has steady water pressure; personal wells will not work; one gallon of city water is required for every two gallons of basin water removed; the cost of water varies by municipality.
Solar Power: PROS: Solar energy is free and can be stored for later use. CONS: The pumping performance is very limited – not more than one-fourth horse power capability.
Gas Power: PROS: Gasoline and natural gas are very plentiful; cost is not outrageous; natural gas generators begin operation automatically; gas generators can be stored out of the way when not in use; they can power other appliances in the house as well. CONS: Gasoline run generators require human intervention for startup and monitoring; they must run outdoors; natural gas generators require significant space by the house outside and are permanently installed.