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What to Look for in a Sump Pump

Monday, April 20th, 2015 at 11:00 am

Shopping for a sump pump may not be as exciting as looking for a new car, but it is an important component for your home, especially if your basement or crawlspace tends to take on water. Sump pumps aren’t a one-size-fits-all kind of appliance, so it’s important to know what you should be looking for when considering the use of a sump pump for your Olympia, WA, home. To help you, our Brooks Plumbing experts have put together a few things to keep in mind when choosing a sump pump.


There are two main types of sump pumps: submersible and pedestal. Submersible pumps require a basin in which to reside, putting them in a pit that enables them to pump out water before it can start to flood your basement floor. These types of pumps are out of the way and less intrusive, but they do cost more than pedestal pumps. You may want to consider a pedestal pump if you don’t have a set basin in your home and you prefer to have the motor readily accessible.

Switch Types

There are three main switch types on sump pumps:

  • Capacitive switch – this switch is known as a ‘water sensing’ switch because it uses a small microprocessor to measure the water level and engage the pump when needed.
  • Vertical switches – vertical switches are set at a 90 degree angle and engage the pump when water reaches the preset level.
  • Diaphragm switches – these switches use water pressure to engage the pump: a vent tube releases air as water rises, and when the tube releases enough air, the switch activates the pump.

Other Considerations

No matter which type of sump pump you choose, it’s important that the pump is made from non-corrosive materials, although it is advised that you avoid a sump pump with plastic components. You also want to make sure your sump pump is properly sized. Sizing for a sump pump is determined by horsepower, and this is something your trained technician can assist you with.

Removing excess water from your basement or crawl space is very important, and the experts at Brooks Plumbing are here to help. Call us today and let us assist you with all of your sump pump needs!

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