Sump Pump Capacity Matters

August 19, 2016 8:39 pm Published by Jane Azzinaro

The type of sump pump you use in your basement matters. Under normal conditions, a small puddle-pumper or a one-third horsepower pump may keep up with your water problem. When do you need your pump to work most? You need it most during heavy and extended storms.

Your sump pump must have the capacity to handle the water coming into your home quickly and efficiently. Always look at the maximum gallons per minute and at what head. The “head” is how high the water will be pumped. The higher the water has to be pumped, the less efficient a pump will be.

If your wall is 8 feet tall and the pump is one foot underneath the ground, then you will need the proper gallons per minute at a nine foot head or the pump will not keep you dry. This is where most of your home improvement store pumps will fail.

To find out more about Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing’s sump pumps, schedule your free home inspection. Our experts will be able to determine the best course of action for your basement or crawl space as well as if sump pumps are right for your home and where they may be placed.

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This post was written by Jane Azzinaro