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Simer 2925B Sump/Laundry Sink Pump Reviews
Those familiar with our how to install sump pump guide would know that a substantial part of the procedure involves creating and preparing the sump. Now while many homes come with ready-made sumps, the presence of sump liner, etc. often cannot be taken for granted. Enter the Simer 2925B Sump/Laundry Sink Pump, which comes with an external shell made of foam that makes such liner unnecessary.
At the same time, the unit is capable of providing drainage and durability similar to the who’s who of the sump pump market. However, one may wonder whether the unit is really that durable, or whether the inclusion of an outer shell has led to some corner-cutting. A detailed review will address such concerns.
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 13.8 x 12.4 inches
- Product Weight: 18.2 pounds
- Type: Submersible sump pump
- Discharge: 1-1/2.”
- NPT Motor: 1/3HP
- Power: 1620GPH at 10’ head
- Warranty: 1 year
The Simer 2925B Sump/Laundry Sink Pump comes with a 1-year warranty on all parts and labor.
- Sturdy outer shell and excellent thermoplastic design allow for a durable producSupport for multiple PVC pipe diameters, default PVC pipe provided with the package.
- Excellent motor capacity with remarkable shut-off point.
- Double protection for the motor in the form of hermetic sealing and external shell.
- Sturdy impeller and fixed nature of unit contribute to enhanced impeller efficacy.
- Fixed size of the external shell may make the unit difficult to use in tiny sumps.
- Lack of handle makes unit difficult to move.
At its core, the Simer 2925B Sump/Laundry Sink Pump comes with a standard thermoplastic housing and a somewhat elevated base that allows the impeller to avoid scraping against the base of the external shell. A standard plastic float is located to one side of the unit, such that the unit can be activated when 1/4th of the shell has been filled with water.
Coming to the external shell, we find that it has been made of a durable hard foam that keeps the water at bay while ensuring that fungal growth does not take place. The top of the shell can be completely open, or if used in certain other situations, closed and feature two sets of pipes, one bringing in the water to be removed and the other removing it. In either position, though, the core parts are well protected by the shell, while the shell design ensures less accumulation of debris, thus reducing the frequency of sump pump maintenance procedures.
While some people contend that the presence of a large amount of foam and plastic in the unit makes it vulnerable to damage from floating debris, one has to remember that sump linings are made of the same foam as the external shell, and the use of thermoplastic has become increasingly prevalent in the industry. Indeed, the durable thermoplastic allows the unit to withstand water temperatures of up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
Major External Parts (Discharge and Power Cord):-
The unit comes with a standard thermoplastic discharge with a width of 1-1/2” NPT, though pipes with a width of 1-1/4” are also acceptable courtesy of a unique design modification. Interestingly, because the base is elevated, the amount of pipe needed to move the water out of the sump is marginally lower than what normally would be necessary. Further, unless one wants to make specific modifications, one can use the pipe provided by the manufacturer, and then connect this pipe to the outer PVC pipes of the basement. Lastly, the excellent design, coupled with these features, allows the unit to remove solid spherical debris with diameters of 1/8th inch or less.
The power cord, on the other hand, is designed to handle constant water flux and is, therefore, durable and water-resistant. However, the fact that it curls around the top of the unit when it comes out of a dedicated opening in the cover of the external shell, (not to be confused with the sump pump cover, which sits at the mouth of the sump) shortens the effective length of the wire. However, since the cover will rarely be used in sump settings, this is not a criticism that extends to its core sump pump functions.
Motor and Sealing:-
The Simer 2925B Sump/Laundry Sink Pump comes with a 1/3HP motor similar to that used in market leaders like the Zoeller M53 Sump Pump. In the case of this offering by Simer, such power translates into an impressive 2880GPH at 0’ head and 1620GPH at 10’ head. With a shut off point of 18’, this unit is capable of draining the vast majority of basements.
Such efficiency, of course, can only be achieved when the motor is housed in a safe environment, and this is obtained by providing a hermetically sealed, oil-filled chamber for the motor to work in. Coupled with the enhanced security offered by the external shell, this allows the motor to stay insulated from even the worst debris flux.
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Switch and Impeller:-
The Simer 2925B Sump/Laundry Sink Pump avoids carrying out any unnecessary innovations when it comes to the switch, offering a traditional float switch with a sturdy switch connector above it. The location of the switch, as mentioned above, allows it to activate the unit when water has filled about 1/4th of the shell, and this allows the motor plenty of time to remove the water.
The impeller has been afforded plenty of space courtesy of the heightened base, and this lets it use its sturdy thermoplastic blades to maximum effect. Further, since the pump is affixed to the base of the shell, there is never any risk of instability, and this helps improve the water removal power of the impeller manifold.
While some bells and whistles are being added to sump pumps by manufacturers, the key features of the best sump pump no doubt include sufficient water removing capacity and a design that allows for large operation and external flux without suffering damage. The Simer 2925B Sump/Laundry Sink Pump excels in these departments, and also, provides a unique external shell design that provides added stability and protection. While this external shell also brings with it a few minor issues, the overall combination of an excellent pump and an equally durable shell make this unit ideal for a broad range of situations.
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Liberty Pumps SJ10 Water Powered Back-Up Pump Reviews
Back-Up pumps are meant to work under extreme conditions where the primary pump fails or is unable to work due to cutting off of electricity, e.g., when a thunderstorm or hurricane strikes. It is, therefore, mandatory that you choose the very best back-up pump available. Now Liberty Pumps has one of the best reputations in the industry when it comes to such pumps, and the Liberty Pumps SJ10 Water Powered Back-Up Pump offers the perfect mix of useful features and specifications.
However, given the vital importance of a back-up pump in the house, it is never safe to judge one simply by noting specifications on paper. Instead, it is necessary to understand just how each of these features fits in with the others to provide uninterrupted service when you need it most.
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 5.1 x 21.6 inches
- Product Weight: 5 pounds
- Type: Water Powered Back-up
- Pump Inlet: ¾ ‘’ NPT, Outlet: 1 ½ ‘’
- NPT Motor: 19.8 gallons per minute (with the head height is 4 foot)
- Warranty: 2 years
- Light and compact design
- Tough yet light PVC construction
- An efficient motor that can remove 19.8 gallons per minute, or 2 gallons per 1 gallon of water used.
- Magnetic precision switch
- Inlet and Outlet compatible with wide range of pipes
- Excellent warranty with two years
- Suction shaft valve (foot valve) prone to occasional malfunction
- Cannot be used with water supplies that are prone to be shut off periodically (e.g., wells)
Design and Build Quality:-
As far as back-up sump pumps go, the Liberty Pumps SJ10 Water Powered Back-Up Pump is one of the most compact and light, which helps it fit in with even older, bulkier sump pumps that may take up a lot of space in the sump. Of course, this compact and light structure is ensured by using PVC plastic as the primary construction material.
This is a significant difference with primary sump pumps such as the Zoeller M53 Sump Pump, which comes with a cast iron body. However, it should be borne in mind that the SJ10 is not a submersible pump in the sense of the motor being under water. As such, the PVC construction is good enough for the pump to work regularly and consistently without risk of water flowing into the internal components.
The design itself consists of the motor, with two openings– one on each end of the motor. Extending vertically downwards from the motor is a float which connects to the motor through a magnetic weep hole (explained below) and a suction shaft. Since the back-up pump assumes the existence of a larger primary pump, the two downward projections have been kept close to each other, while not being so close as to interfere with each other’s functioning.
Major External Parts (suction shaft, inlet, and outlet):-
The suction shaft has been made with heavy duty PVC so as to ensure that it does not bend or crack under heavy water pressure. There is a screen placed within the shaft that ensures that particulate matter does not enter the shaft and block it. Further, placed a little within the shaft is a check valve (also called suction shaft valve or foot valve) which makes sure that the water which is supposed to go up and out of the pump is not drawn down by gravity into the sump again.
Though the quality of this valve is decent, the valve can sometimes malfunction, leading to reduced efficiency of the back-up pump. However, the tip of the suction shaft can be screwed off to remove the defunct valve and replace it with a quality alternative that is easily available on the market.
The inlet is the small opening (3/4” NPT) which usually does not come with an attached pipe. It is, however, compatible with pex, copper or CTS CPVC type pipes, so any of these recent models can be used as the inlet pipe. There is also a check valve at the inlet, which ensures that water does not flow into the pump when it is not needed. The pipe from the inlet should be connected to a source of water supply that is separate from the water that is to be drained.
The supply can be any supply (though you would usually use the municipal water supply). More pertinently, the water supply must be active at all times, and as such, those who use wells, etc. cannot use the Liberty Pumps SJ10 Water Powered Back-Up Pump.
The outlet comes with a 1-1/2” NPT connector that can be utilized with any standard PVC pipe to prepare a channel by which the water that is pumped out can be expelled from the basement. To make matters convenient, Liberty Pumps has made provision for this outlet to be the same as that of the primary pump, so one does not have to create two separate channels for the two pumps.
Motor and Sealing:-
The motor of the Liberty Pumps SJ10 Water Powered Back-Up Pump functions using the water pressure from the inlet. If installed properly, the SJ10 pump is capable of pumping 19.8 gallons per minute when the head height is 4 foot, which is one of the best as far as back-up pumps are concerned.
Further, the pump can work with pressures ranging from 20PSI to 100PSI at the inlet, thus ensuring that the pump keeps working almost without regard to the fluctuations in inlet pressure. Last but perhaps most importantly, the motor can remove 2 gallons of water for every 1 gallon of water used.
As mentioned above, the motor does not become submerged and therefore does not need to be hermetically sealed. Indeed, the motor runs on the pressure of the water at the inlet. However, the circuitry of the motor is carefully segregated from the rest of the pump, so that even when pressure is very high, water does not reach areas of the pump that are not tolerant to water.
Switch and Float:-
As mentioned above, the Liberty Pumps SJ10 Water Powered Back-Up Pump comes with a PVC float that runs parallel to the suction shaft. Made of sturdy yet light PVC, the float is connected to a narrow shaft that in turn attaches to the motor through a magnetic hole. This hole is configured in such a way that as the float rises, it triggers the magnetic mechanism in the shaft. This mechanism triggers a magnetic switch that is located inside the motor.
As the switch is activated, the diaphragm blocking the inlet water is opened and water flows in, allowing the motor to generate power and draw water using the suction shaft into the outlet. Quite naturally, such an arrangement requires no electricity, and further, it works using the water pressure, so there is never any discordance between the level of water and the working of the pump.
Warranty of this Product:-
The Liberty Pumps SJ10 Water Powered Back-Up Pump has been provided with a manufacturer warranty of 2 years, which is perhaps the best available in the sump pump market.
Price of the product
The Liberty Pumps SJ10 Water Powered Back-Up Pump retails for a well-justified price tag that is slightly above $200. However, Amazon is currently offering a limited period bargain that pegs the price at less than $150, thereby implying an amazing 33% discount. What’s more, Amazon is offering free shipping on this product.
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Given the high standards that sump pumps need to meet, it is surprising how well the Liberty Pumps SJ10 Water Powered Back-Up Pump lives up to expectations. It is compact yet sturdy on one hand, while on the other it is capable of working with variable inlet pressure to deliver excellent water pumping efficiency.
If the valves, the magnetic switch and the screen be considered alongside these, it can be said with certainty that the SJ10 is a great product that is capable of providing more than adequate service to households/commercial establishments that need a reliable but affordable back-up pump for emergency situations.
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How To Test a Sump Pump
It is a sad fact that most homeowners will wait until the middle of the rainy season or the occurrence of a major climatic event like Hurricane Sandy before they take the trouble of finding out whether their sump pumps are up to the task. This practice may make sense for household appliances that run every day or at least once a month, and hence, are tested during usage anyhow. Sump pumps, however, tend to remain inactive for months on end, and if during this time something goes wrong, even light rains can lead to a flooded basement. Learning how to test a sump pump and applying these skills, on the other hand, is a simple and highly risk-mitigating task. We’ve made it even easier by dividing the multiple testing methods into two – a quick test and another, thorough professional inspection process.
The Quick Testing Process:-
Before going into the more exact test procedure, it is important to know how to run a 2-minute test when the rains have already begun, and puddles are forming around the exterior of the basement.
To run this test:
Raise the sump cover a little and remove it if the discharge pipes do not hinder such removal. Disconnecting the pipes is neither necessary nor advisable since this might render the pump non-functional for some time and increase risks of flooding. Use a flashlight to quickly note if there are any bugs or worms in the sump. If there are, wear hand protection and apply some pest control measures.
Lower your hand till you find the float.
Raise the float a little and note whether the pump begins to run. The float should move freely, and you should be able to place at least two fingers between the float and the wall of the sump. Among the things you should remember when learning how to test a sump pump is never to push or pull the float too much as this might break it. If the float doesn’t move, it is probably jammed. If the float moves but the pump still does not start, either the switch arm is malfunctioning, or the motor is suffering from problems. Contact your plumbing contractor immediately.
For sump pumps that do not have a float:
After removing the sump cover, take note of the amount of water in the sump. If the water is low or non-existent, pour a 5ga bucket’s of water into the sump pit and see if the unit works.
Note : The second method can be used for sump pumps with floats as well but not only is it more cumbersome, but can also lead to flooding if it turns out that the pump is not working since the water will continue to sit in the sump until such time as it is either scooped out or the pump is replaced. For water-based backup units and any others that do not have a float, though, it is the only testing procedure.
The Thorough Testing Process:
Thorough testing should be carried out only on sunny days when no rain has been predicted for at least the next 48 hours. Protective clothing, including eyewear and gloves, must be used during such testing. For convenience, we’ve divided the procedure into two parts – pump testing and peripherals testing. Note that highly experienced professional inspectors will sometimes open the sump pump housing and check internal components. This however, requires knowledge of electrical circuitry, and if you do not have such knowledge, it is best not to try to open up the housing.
To proceed with testing:
Remove the sump cover and disconnect all power to the sump pit. Check for any insects or worms in the sump.
Disconnect the pipes and take out the sump pump. If your pipes do not have union connectors or other easily removable connectors, you may have to cut through the pipe to take out the pump. Once you have learned how to test a sump pump, you would need to replace the cut pipes with new PVC units and necessary connectors. This makes the procedure costly, but since it is a one-time task, the chances are that you would be thanking your foresight the next time you need to take out the pump.
Clean out any debris that may be sticking to the pump. You may clean out the dirt and fibers sticking out of the impeller, but this is a time-consuming process and not strictly necessary part of learning how to test a sump pump.
Leave the unit to dry out.
In most cases, the pump’s discharge should have a length of PVC pipe still connected to it, this being the part that connects the discharge to the check valve. Place the pump in a large bucket and put the power cord in a manner that the ends are not exposed to water.
Fill the bucket to the height of the pipe.
Connect the power cord to a powerpoint. The unit should start running immediately, pumping out water from the stub PVC pipe. While it is not possible to measure the rate of water removal (especially since the water would be falling back into the bucket), the intensity of the water’s flow should be a good indicator of the vitality of the pump.
Cut the power and remove the sump pump from the bucket.
Observe the float and switch assembly and gently raise the float a few times. There should be a soft click sound every time. If the operation is not smooth, move the float sideways a little before trying again. If the motion is still not smooth, you may need to carry out sump pump repair. Next, use a flashlight to observe the impeller carefully. Try to rotate the axle of the impeller gently and see if the movement is erratic or unbalanced. Any rusting, bending or damage to the blades must be corrected through replacement of the impeller by a qualified professional.
Lastly, take note of the bearings of the unit and the epoxy coating (if present). Any signs of wear and tear or rusting should also be a cause of concern.
Replace the sump pump in the sump and reconnect all connectors and PVC pipes.
Reconnect power and change the sump cover if you wish to check only the sump pump. If you want to carry out a complete check, though, you would need to test the various peripheral units as well. To do this, you need to check the following components:
GFCI: A GFCI is a circuit component that prevents electrical shocks. If your sump pumps have a GFCI installed, ensure that it is properly connected to the sump pump circuit and furthermore, that there are no signs of wear and tear.
Power Connectors: Sump pumps draw huge power during operation and hence, it is important that their insulation is in top shape. Check the outer insulation of the power cords to ensure there is no damage. Further, make sure the power cord and the adapter/plug are properly connected, as improperly connected units can make the basement prone to fire hazards.
Sump Pit (should be carried out before replacing the pump in the pit): Use a flashlight to note the relief of the base of the pump. Not all debris is removed by the impeller and the ones that remain collect at the bottom. You can use a shovel to remove this debris and make the base plain. Also, check the sides of the pump for any damage or rat holes.
As the above guide to learning how to test a sump pump would suggest, testing is not merely the task of checking if the pump itself is working properly. Indeed, inspectors are expected to test the sump, the external electrical components and sometimes, even the external drainage pipes involved. Here, we’ve simplified the procedures to allow novice users to run tests like professionals and keep their basements safe while saving the money that you would normally have spent on the plumbing inspector.
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Simple Steps For Maintaining a Sump Pump
Sump pumps malfunction due to two primary reasons – falling into disuse due to long periods of inactivity and suffering from clogging and damage due to debris. Further, even if the pump itself does not malfunction, the stagnant water in a sump can lead to the growth of insects and worms, thereby undermining the overall hygiene of your basement. To avoid these, it is important to know how to maintain a sump pump. The good news is that if you know how to use a sump pump, maintenance is an incredibly simple procedure.
Preparing the Sump Pump for maintenance:
Before you learn how to maintain a sump pump, it is vital that you make it for maintenance. Please note that maintenance should not be carried out if there is a chance of the pump being used within two hours of the maintenance being completed. Hence, sunny days when chances of rain or snow are minimal are ideal for carrying out much-needed maintenance.
To prepare the sump pump:
Switch off the power supply in case of a primary sump pump. Remove the water or battery connectors in the event of backup sump pumps. In the case of water-driven backup sump pumps, allow the sump pump to remain at rest for about 15 minutes. Remove the sump cover and use a flashlight to see if there are any snakes/insects in the sump. Unscrew the check valve that connects the PVC pipe to the discharge. If there are multiple check valves, begin with those farthest from the sump pump and move towards the sump pump. Keep a bucket ready before unscrewing the last valve as some water may fall out. Following the reverse of what you did while installing the sump pump, remove the sump pump from the sump. Some water will come out along with the sump pump.
If you have an another sump pump installed, ensure that removal of the sump pump does not disturb the float switch or any other trigger mechanism that the other pump may have. Indeed, it would be a good idea to pour some water quickly into the sump and reconnecting the power source of the backup pump, see if the sump pump is working well. If it is, replace the sump cover and take the sump pump you wish to perform maintenance upon to a nearby table.
Steps For Maintaining a Sump Pump:
Before learning how to keep a sump pump, there is one final task to be completed – put on a pair of goggles and a pair of gloves, as these would be needed to protect your eyes and hands from any dangerous debris or insects that may still be present in the discharge of the sump pump. Inspect, the exterior of the sump, pump carefully before looking through the release with a flashlight. Search for signs of damage (dents, peeled off paint, etc.), blockages or debris presence and build-up of insect cocoons or rust. Wipe all possible surfaces of the sump pump thoroughly using a piece of cloth. Once they are all dry, wipe the surfaces with a dry cloth dipped in petroleum jelly or kerosene oil. Most dirt and insect matter should be removed in this step.
If there is rusting, rub the surface with sandpaper till the rust has been removed. Most of the best sump pumps would not have exposed bearings or rivets. In case your sump pump is old or follows a design that requires such exposure of vital connecting parts to water, the chances of rusting of such parts is increased manifold.
If some parts are rusted to the point of becoming brittle and weak, it is not a good idea to continue with them. Dispose them and replace with new parts so you don’t have to repeat the steps in this how to maintain a sump pump guide again at short notice. If oiling/greasing of any parts is required, follow manufacturer’s instructions regarding the oiling process. The user manual should also contain the time intervals at which oiling should be carried out. If the time span is less than six months, you should perform maintenance at each oiling interval.
Once these steps are completed, you may run into one of the common sump pump issues – a slightly dislocated float. To avoid having to fix the float within the sump, take a bucket of water and place the sump pump inside it before connecting to the power source/water source. Note that because you haven’t connected a pipe to the discharge the water in the bucket won’t be drained, but the overall effect should prove whether the pump is working or not. If the float is dislocated, the functioning would be impaired. Take out the pump, fix the float by moving it gently upwards or downwards and then test again.
Post-Maintenance Checking Processes:
Replace the sump pump in the sump and reconnect the check valve and then power connection. Reconnect any other valve/pipe connectors that you may have removed. Now disconnect the power connection of any other sump pump that may be present in the same sump. Empty a bucket of water into the sump such that the float switch is completely submerged.
Ask someone to turn on the power/water connection when asked. Go outside to where the sump pump outlet is. When the person turns on the power/water supply, carefully watch how the water present in the sump is drained out. If there is any coughing or spluttering involved, you should have the sump pump turned off, take apart the final section of the PVC discharge tube and see if any problems or blockages exist.
Reconnect and Retest:
When all processes have been run without any problems, it is safe to carry out the last step of how to maintain a sump pump – checking and cleaning the sump cover and replacing it on the sump.
Sump pumps are extremely sturdy warhorses and on the outside, have precious little that the user is supposed to or can do. Given that you must never dismantle a sump pump without supervision or proper expert skills, we can say that maintenance is by its very nature a simple and short process. However, given the importance of draining your basement and the difficulties of repairing a severely damaged sump pump, it makes good common sense to carry out regular maintenance. While there are companies that will provide trained personnel to carry out such maintenance, the answer to how to maintain a sump pump is simple enough for you to be able to conduct by combining an hour of your time with the steps we have outlined above.
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How to use a Sump Pump
Though they may be perfect in every other aspect, one area in which even best sump pumps fail is in delineating a clear standard operating procedure. Indeed, many assume that the user would do little more than complete the power connections and leave the rest to the experienced plumber. While of course plumbing professionals can be consulted, the aim of our guides is to provide you with a complete education regarding sump pumps. As can be expected, such an education would be incomplete without a study of how to use a sump pump. For purposes of convenience, we have divided the guide into two parts according to the two types of sump pumps – primary and secondary.
How To Use A Primary Sump Pump
Those who have followed our how to install a sump pump guide would know that the ideal positioning of a sump pump is such that it sits at the lowest part of the basement and at the same time, is not too far from a power source. We say power source because while backup sump pumps come with the battery or water-powered mechanisms, primary sump pumps almost always rely on a stable source of electricity.
Once this – and the ability of the sump pump to function properly in the sump –have been checked, it is time to apply the sump pump to actual water drainage. Sump pumps can only work if the water is flowing into the sump. Normally, a trickling and then gurgling sound from the sump is sufficient indication of the sump filling up with water.
As the sump fills up, use a flashlight to peer through the transparent sump cover (if you have a transparent one) to see if rocks and pebbles are floating around in the sump. If there are large pieces of debris floating around, the discharge of the sump pump may find itself jammed, leading to the breakdown of the sump pump and waterlogging.
While it is not advisable to remove the sealed sump cover, in extreme cases you may have to remove the cover and remove some debris from the sump to ensure smooth functioning of the sump pump. Once the influx water levels out you may want to inspect the inlet to avoid the recurrence of such debris flux.
As the water rises, it triggers the float (or alternative water level measurement tool), thereby triggering the sump pump. Most modern sump pumps have a mechanism through which they can modify their pumping speed depending on the speed at which the sump fills up. Hence, while the sump may continue filling up initially, the water level should not rise once the sump pump is functioning properly. If the water level continues to rise, however, the sump pump may be encountering some hindrance (or may be malfunctioning) and you should start the backup sump pump if you have one.
As the sump pump pumps water, note whether it is moving smoothly through the pipes and out of the house. In case it is not (or there is any leakage), you should stop the sump pump for a few minutes by disconnecting the electric power supply. Adjust the pipes and valves. One of the common sump pump issues and solutions revolves around debris getting stuck at the bends of the pipe. Apart from regular checking, this issue can be avoided by adding water to the sump pump such that it pumps water faster and pushes the debris out of the blockade. In a few cases, the PVC pipe may have to be taken apart to remove the debris.
Once the sump, the pump, and the pipes are working well, it is time to observe the rate at which water falls. Note that this rate is proportional to the rate of precipitation, and the power of the sump pump and so will vary from season to season.
Further, as the level falls, it may go beyond the minimal float-activating level and cause the sump pump to shut down for a short while before starting up again. In such circumstances, one must not panic and try to launch the pump artificially by adding additional water or making electrical changes. Once the water level has stopped rising to the float level, the sump pump will shut down and remain dormant thereon.
How To Use A Secondary Sump Pump
Among the worst nightmares for anyone is being stranded in a thunderstorm without electricity. Even if you know how to use a sump pump well, you’ll be left at sea in such situations because no power is available for the pump to run on. Many users, therefore, prefer to install a second, smaller sump pump that uses water or batteries to power itself. This is no place to discuss the Primary vs. Backup sump pump debate; it should be noted that while water-powered sump pumps often run alongside the primary ones and are activated by water flow like primary sump pumps, battery powered sump pumps are somewhat different.
1. Battery powered sump pumps require that before functioning, the batteries of the backup pump be well charged. If you find yourself in a situation where the batteries of the sump pump are malfunctioning or are not fully charged, you can replace them with other similar charged batteries.
2. Most modern battery powered sump pumps have automatic switches, but unlike other types, these can be controlled to a far greater extent. Indeed, if you so desire, some sump pumps will let you switch off the sump pump without disconnecting the power supply to the batteries. You should stop such functioning if:
- There are large amounts of debris in the sump.
- The sump pump speed is erratic.
- The primary sump pump resumes working, and the two interfere with each other’s work.
- The sump pump is not discharging water properly
- The sump pump battery indicators have turned red, and the sump pump is spluttering/odd noises are being heard.
3. Resume the working of the backup sump pump when issues have been satisfactorily solved and the sump pump is working normally again. Sometimes hasty modification can cause the switch float mechanism to suffer, so make sure before resuming pumping that the float is free and is not hindered by any debris.
4. If the backup sump pump has to run for a long time, ensure that there are charged, or semi-charged alternatives around as running on a nearly empty battery can cause the lifespan of the implement to suffer. Change the batteries as soon as the existing one nears the end of its charge cycle.
5. While learning how to use a sump pump, some users tend to leave the battery backup sump pumps on all day. In exceptional circumstances this may be justified, but if say there is a small trickle of water and the sump pump is forced to go through endless on/off cycles to handle it through the night, its viability will be compromised given that a sump pump can only go through a finite number of start/stop cycles.
Further, repeated changes in functional status put greater pressure on the battery, which will heat up and in extreme cases, can be severely damaged as well. Hence, unless necessary, do not use backup sump pumps more than is necessary, while you can keep the primary “on” for its entire lifespan.
As the above study on how to use a sump pump shows, one of the main differences which divide sump pumps from other household appliances is the mostly automatic functioning. However, unless you wish to find yourself doing repeated rounds of the service centers, you may want to learn how to use a sump pump in detail, especially in conditions when one or more factors are causing the sump pump to slow down or not function at all. These tips we suggest here will surely help you obtain maximum value from your sump pump, and also reduce the chances of your or your home circuitry suffering damage due to poor functioning of the sump pumps.
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Benefits Of Using a Sump Pump
While sump pumps aren’t the most costly of appliances that may be sitting in your basement and you can minimize the actual cost by getting a value for money product using our ultimate comparison chart for sump pumps, it is hard to deny that sump pumps are an added expense. Any added investment needs a justification, and sadly, the salespersons explaining the benefits of using a sump pump on TV are pandering more to their products than to a better understanding of the product’s usage. To help you make a right decision regarding buying sump pumps based on your needs, we have compiled a list of most common benefits of using one in your basement.
Prevents Damping and Peeling Of Paint
One of the primary advantages of using a sump pump is that it allows all the water present in the soil/rock immediately below the basement to collect in a corner of the basement, usually at the lowest point. This water is then removed from the cellar, thus preventing it from creating damp areas within the basement. Such removal is immediate and automatic due to the switch-activation method of modern sump pumps. Hence, whenever the water level rises in the basement and hence in the sump, the pump automatically clears the basement of accumulated water. Besides, if the water is allowed to remain, it can seep into the walls of the basement and cause paint to peel off. In severe cases, cement and mortar can peel off as well, leading to the bricks being exposed. Such damage can be hard to repair, as the damp spots that caused such peeling remain, and return with a vengeance during monsoon periods.
Prevent Growth Of Algae
As in a pond, the build-up of water on the surface of the basement can lead to the growth of algae. Such algae can rapidly proliferate and create various hazards. The most common risk is related to the algae making the floor rather slippery, thereby causing injuries to unsuspecting people.
Secondly, the growth of algae can lead to the proliferation of insects that thrive in wet aquatic environments. This leads to problems of hygiene and in severe cases, may result in the basement becoming unusable. Furthermore, since the water readily absorbs pesticides, use of these to remove the insects can contaminate the groundwater via percolation to the underground reservoirs, leading to long-term problems.
Lastly, algae themselves produce various toxins that can harm small animals. Further, pets might consume algae and become ill. These, in turn, can create emotional costs of not using the best sump pumps to keep the basement free of water.
Protects Foundations Of The Buildings
Water present below the buildings is not necessarily static. In many cases, the water, even in dry seasons, is being pushed up by the pressure of the rocks, or by the increase in water table due to the inflow of water from other areas. The constant rise in the water table can lead to water pushing through the otherwise water resistant concrete, eventually breaking through and flooding the basement.
In more serious situations, the pillars that form the foundations of the house can be weakened if the constant pressure causes water to push through to the iron rods that hold the concrete together. Rusting of any rods can mean a severe weakening of the overall stability of the house. Since much of this goes on out of plain eyesight, it is possible that homes with no sump pumps or those bought without consulting the list of the main features of the best sump pump and hence of dubious efficacy are slowly being weakened to the point of collapse.
Safety, Minimum Noise Level, and Low Maintenance
Even when many people accept the above benefits of a sump pump, they refuse to go in for one, choosing cheaper and problematic solutions instead. It cannot be denied that there are alternatives to the sump pump, but the question essentially is whether they are capable of offering alternatives that are capable of replacing the benefits of using a sump pump. One of the primary advantages of the sump pump over other machines is that it is safe to operate, even by children. Since it sits on the sump and the basic sump pump maintenance steps involve nothing more than using a flashlight to see if there are any clogging or jamming problems involved, there is virtually no need of using sophisticated hardware or accessing running motors, etc. when working with sump pumps.
Secondly, the sump pumps, being inside the sump, make a little noise and do not disturb pets and any people who may be present in the basement at the time. Further, elderly and people with poor sleep are benefitted because the sump pump turns on and off automatically without needing anyone to start it up. Lastly, it has been found that sump pumps, in general, require little maintenance, and if the good sump pump is chosen, even less so. This is because the sump pump has relatively few parts, and most of the vital ones are placed inside a durable metal chamber, hermetically sealed from outside. Even when there is massive water pressure (provided there is no significant debris influx), the sump pump can hold its own and ensure that no in-session maintenance is needed.
Much as we might favor sump pumps, it cannot be said that they are required in arid or dry areas, as the utility of a sump pump in a low water table area with little rain would be minimal. However, it has to be admitted that most of the states suffer from a right amount of rain, and this can lead to major problems as noted above. Even when there is no visible sign of water damage, the foundations of the house may be weakening, putting your loved ones in great danger. Compared to the risks involved in not installing a sump pump, the benefits of using a sump pump do suggest that for a majority of people living in their homes or apartment blocks, the decision to buy a sump pump is a profitable one both immediately and in the long run.
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Superior Pump 91250 1/4 HP Thermoplastic Submersible Utility Pump
Superior Pump 91250 is one of the fully submersible thermoplastic pumps available today. This pump plays a vital role in protecting your home from water damages, especially when your basement is filled with water due to heavy flood and thunderstorm. This pump is designed in such a way that it can remove any stagnant water from your basement or be surrounding your home.
This is not only ideal for using it in the rainy season, but also to remove diverse puddles of water from and around the yard. This is a reliable, maintenance free submersible pump available for the household. It consumes less power and is also very affordable when compared to another household pump. The manufacturer has designed this pump to be easy to install and operate. You can operate this pump even in the low level of water. This pump is CSA certified and so, you can definitely get the right value for your money.
Specifications Of Superior Pump 91250:
- Superior Pump 91250 is a power packed sump pump available at competitive prices. They are known to give more value for your money. This pump is rated as 115VAC/3.8A.
- Being light weight, this pump just weighs around 8lbs and is very compact in size.
- Its dimensions are 9.3″ x 5.4″ x 5.9″.
- It features top 1-1/4″ MPT outlet and bottom suction.
- This product also comes with the garden hose connection of ¾ inches.
- The pump is designed in such a way that it can lift water at the 25-foot head.
- This superior pump is designed for 1/8 inches solid handling.
- Another interesting aspect of this pump is that it comes with thermal overload protection.
- There is also a thermoplastic jacket for enhanced look and easy handling.
- You can take advantage of ¼ HP capacity, an influential split capacity that can deliver around 30 gallons of water per minute.
- You will find this product coming in an elegant silver and black finish with the latest design.
- It is made out of highly robust and reinforced thermoplastic material that could protect the motor from very high temperatures.
- Bottom suction is designed to filter out debris and remove water from any surface.
- The metal hardware is made of stainless steel with corrosion resistance power.
- High-end split capacitor motor is used in this Superior pump 91250 and so, it can function continuously even in harsh weather condition.
- It has the cord of 10-foot length making it an optimal choice for areas where there are no outlets with close proximity.
- You can thrust water to around 300 inches vertically.
Advantages Of This Pump:
- Superior Pump of 91250 model is ideal to drain outstanding water from fountains, swimming pools, flooded basements, etc.
- It can drain out around 30 gallons per minute, suctioning water to around 1/8 inches from the ground.
- This pump is fully submersible and features waterproof, replaceable power cord of 10-foot length.
- It can lift water to around 25 feet high.
- It is equipped with a huge iron pipe that can discharge thread for pumping.
- Simply by adding an optional floating switch, you can use this superior pump as a sump pump.
- Superior Pump 91250 can be operated continuously as it has split capacitor motor that ensures maximum performance.
- It is thermally protected and comes with 3.8 amp, ¼ HP delivering the power required for any daunting task.
- This pump is well known for its durable thermoplastic construction ensuring that this pump can be deployed again and again without experiencing any corrosion.
- It comes with a compact, sleek design and fits inside any opening in six inches.
- The water suction on the bottom and side of the pump lets continuous pumping without any clog resistant.
- This pump is certified by CSA and is UL and CUL listed. It is well known for its dependability and safety.
- It comes with one year limited warranty directly from the manufacturer.
- Any product that comes with a warranty is really worth to purchase.
Superior Pump 91250 is really an important addition to every household not just for removing water from your basements but also from pools. You can even make nominal modifications to ensure its excellent performance. It is also appropriate to remove stagnating water from your backyard and to handle emergencies.
The low power consumption and compact design make this pump more optimal for anyone who need a pump with the user-friendly design. It comes with one year limited warranty, which further enriches the value of your investment. It is portable and can be carried anywhere as per your choice.
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Liberty Pumps 257 1/3 Automatic Submersible Sump/Effluent Pump
Without a doubt, everyone wants to live peacefully and comfortably in a home. To ensure this, one should have a home with all essential amenities and facilities incorporated into them. There are numerous aspects which make a home the best place to lead a comfortable life. Sump Pump is one such thing which is important in every home with a basement located in the damp area.
The reason is that the chances are higher for your basement to collect water within a short span of time. If you don’t want to get trapped in this situation and deal with the basement accumulated with water, then you should invest in a high-quality sump pump such as Liberty Pumps 257 1/3-Horse Power 1-1/2-Inch Discharge 250-Series. Getting exposed to water damages will have a great impact on the health conditions of your beloveds in your house. In addition, other valuable goods in your house also get damaged over the time. But, Liberty Pumps 257 would be an optimal solution for all these problems.
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 9.6 x 10.5 inches
- Product Weight: 21 pounds
- Type: Submersible Sump Pump
- Discharge: 1 ¼ ‘’ NPT
- Motor: 1/3 HP, 50 GPM at 1’ head and 10 GPM at 40’
- Warranty: 3 years
- One-piece build of quality cast iron housing for durability
- Epoxy paint finish for corrosion protection
- Discharge capable of removing small solids
- Quick-disconnect of power cable for simple removal and installation
- Powerful motor with good gallon per minute and maximum head range
- Motor hermetically sealed and always lubricated
- Vertical Magnetic Float makes the product work in more narrow and smaller sumps
- Engineered polymer impeller for efficient service
- Heavy and comes without handle
- Default power cable is short
Amazing Features Of Liberty Pumps 257:
- This sump pump is considered to be the pocket-friendly pump that anyone can invest on.
- It is designed to meet the exact needs and requirements of the consumers and so, it would be the most desirable product in every household.
- The amazing features make this product worth your money.
- This pump is accoutered with solid, single piece housing made with cast iron and thick epoxy coating on the exterior layers.
- This means that the outer layers will not corrode away even if it is exposed continuously to water.
- The 1/3 HP motor is protected by a hermetic seal that helps in running the motor at the lower temperature.
- The motor of Liberty Sump Pump is backed up with durable, lubricated upper and lower ball bearings.
- As it is thermally secured, you can expect it to provide consistent service even there is the heavy downpour and torrential.
- Another interesting feature about this Liberty Sump Pump 257 is that it is much quieter and very effective when compared to the competitors’ products.
- They are also highly durable and so, you need not have to replace them frequently.
- They are very strong and durable, which are the most popular reasons for the customers to prefer sump pump of this brand over others.
- The outer fasteners are made of high-quality stainless steel as that of the rotor shaft.
- Another added the beneficial feature about this product is that it is lightweight and weigh only 21lbs making it an optimal choice for a lot of people who don’t want to deal with bulky items.
Advantages Of Liberty Sump Pump 257:
We have discussed a lot of the important features of Liberty Sump Pump 257. Now, it is the time to discuss the advantages of investing in this item.
- First and foremost benefit is that it is very affordable and can be installed easily.
- It does not require too much of effort to ensure its maintenance, which is another advantage for the users.
- This model sump pump is constructed with tough, hard materials which make this pump last for longer time.
- Affordable price and longevity of this product give a great value for your money.
- Even if you are not tech savvy, you can use this sump pump easily.
- It includes a power cord of ten-foot length.
- All you need is to plug it into the electric socket. Now, this equipment is ready to use.
- You don’t have to be an expert to use this item. So, it is ensured that Liberty Sump Pump 257 is not only customer friendly in terms of price but also in terms of usability.
- It comes with generous 3-year warranty and so, you can purchase this product with confidence.
- If the manufacturer is confident about his product to give out warranty, then it will certainly be a very good product.
Liberty Pumps enjoys one of the best all-round reputations in the sump pump industry today, and we have seen how the Liberty Pumps SJ10 Battery-Powered Pump lives up to the company’s reputation. However, in the sump pump category one has to factor in the fierce competition from Zoeller, and therefore, it is important that any Liberty Pumps sump pump that wishes to defeat the competition, be able to meet the most stringent criteria.
The Liberty Pumps 257 Cast Iron Automatic Submersible Sump/Effluent Pump appears to have all that is needed to top the charts as far as quality and performance is concerned, but is the combination of features and dependability good enough to make it a worthy contender for your sump? Our detailed review below will try to answer some vital questions which may make your choice easier.
Design and Build Quality
Liberty’s pumps are known for their excellent construction, and the Liberty Pumps 257 Cast Iron Automatic Submersible Sump/Effluent Pump does not disappoint. Possessing a single-body housing that ensures that there are no links and wedges through which water can possibly make its way into the interior of the pump, the product boasts of high quality cast iron construction that is destined to survive unscathed even under heavy water pressure.
Taken together, these also allow the product to work flawlessly without the need for regular change of weakened joints and sealings. However, the product is slightly heavy and lacks a handle, which makes it a bit harder to carry around. This should not be an issue because the sump pump is generally meant to be placed in one sump for years.
To guard against the other danger – corrosion – the company has baked the cast iron housing in epoxy coating that prevents corrosion taking place over time. This is especially important given the fact that sump pumps have to spend a considerable amount of time submerged under water, and if attacked by corrosion, can suffer malfunctions and leakages that become a health hazard over time.
Major external parts (discharge and power cord)
The Liberty Pumps 257 Cast Iron Automatic Submersible Sump/Effluent Pump has a standard 1-1/4” NPT that can support any major PVC pipe of the appropriate diameter, thus saving you from the hassle of resizing the PVC pipe to make it compatible with the pump. Further, the discharge is capable of handling solids of up to ½” diameter, which ensures that small pebbles and debris is efficiently removed.
Further, the product has a 10” power cord that can be extended up to 25” with a replacement cord for those who prefer not to change their home/commercial establishment’s wiring to support the sump pump. Interestingly, the power cord features the Quick-Disconnect feature, which allows one to plug out the power cord at a moment’s notice without fearing for the sealing that attaches the power cord to the motor.
This is a great innovation considering that the sump pump is placed in a delicate installation, and quick removal and replacement of power cables is therefore not feasible. On the other hand, however, it would have been great if the company had provided the 25”cable by default instead of offering a 10” default cable, since our sump pump reviews have shown that the former is closer to what the competition is offering.
Motor and Sealing
Given the reputation Liberty Pumps has for good motors, it is no surprise that the Liberty Pumps 257 Cast Iron Automatic Submersible Sump/Effluent Pump comes with a 1/3HP hip motor that can pump 50 gallons per minute at 1’ head, and this changes to 10 gallons per minute at 40’. Since it is extremely unlikely that the sump pump would require to pump water to levels higher than 40’, it can be said that the sump pump, if carefully and properly installed, is capable of handling heavy water pressure regardless of the topography involved in taking the water out into the disposal drain.
Furthermore, the motor is permanently oiled, which ensures that there is never an issue of poor lubrication when it comes to Liberty Pumps 257 Cast Iron Automatic Submersible Sump/Effluent Pump. The motor is, as one would expect of a top of the range sump pump, hermetically sealed and it is highly unlikely that the sump pump will ever malfunction on account of water seepage into the motor, or oil leak out of the product.
Finally, the bearings of the product are also hermetically sealed and lubricated for posterity, so they will continue to work efficiently over lengthy periods of time and will never come into contact with water and/or debris that might damage or dislocate them.
Impeller and Switch Assembly
The Liberty Pumps 257 Cast Iron Automatic Submersible Sump/Effluent Pump has a vortex impeller made of engineered polymer which allows the water to move without getting enmeshed in debris. Indeed, it also helps the product handle water pressure better. The switch assembly on the other hand is handled with a specific mechanism called the Vertical Magnetic Float (VMF).
As the name would suggest, it is a vertical float connected to the switch by means of a magnetic assembly. When water rises, the float activates the magnetic assembly, and this interacts with the switch to cause the product to begin pumping water out. An additional benefit of the VMF is that it needs just 10” sump diameter, which allows it to work in even the narrowest sump possible.
Though the excellent construction does not make a warranty a top-most concern, it is still heartening to know that the company has enough confidence in the product to offer the Liberty Pumps 257 Cast Iron Automatic Submersible Sump/Effluent Pump a 3 year standard warranty, which easily outdoes the majority of warranty offers of the competition.
A survey of customer opinions and reviews suggests that the Liberty Pumps 257 Cast Iron Automatic Submersible Sump/Effluent Pump is greatly appreciated for being simple to use, capable of working in narrow sumps and not requiring periodic oiling and cleaning. A miniscule minority complained of having to obtain the longer 25” power cable, while a section was displeased over the weight of the product and lack of a handle for easy movement of the product.
Though the Liberty Pumps 257 Cast Iron Automatic Submersible Sump/Effluent Pump is normally retailed for a decent price that is just a little above $200, Amazon is giving a time limited discount of 25% that pulls the price tag down to a figure a little over $150. If free shipping is kept in mind, one realizes that Amazon is giving out a rare bargain for the product.
One expects high quality from Liberty Pumps, and one needs even better quality to reach our list of the best sump pumps available today. Liberty Pumps 257 Cast Iron Automatic Submersible Sump/Effluent Pump does both without difficulty by virtue of being well designed, built to last, provided with excellent features and aided by unmatched warranty.
The features alone – stunning motor performance, Vertical Magnetic Float, hermetic sealing of the internal components (motor and bearings) and quick disconnection feature of the power cord, etc. – stand out as admirable feats of design. All considered, therefore, the product definitely comes across as a sump pump that will provide excellent quality for years, and is therefore recommended for anyone who wants to enjoy long term peace of mind after installing a sump pump.
So, it is appropriate to say that the liberty pumps are certainly the boon for customers who want to enjoy the high level of security from the basement water damages. Besides fairly priced, these sump pumps are made with very high quality. If you are serious about making your life more comfortable, then this is the perfect time to invest in it. Explore the market to find the best deal on this product. If you have any old sump pump, replace it as soon as possible before the arrival of the rainy season.
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Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate Submersible Sump Pump
Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate Submersible Sump Pump is one of the most reliable sump pumps available in the market today. It has been the prominent choice for a huge number of homeowners across the world due to its affordability and unique features. Even plumbers and contractors recommend the installation of this Zoeller sump pump. It has gained a good reputation for its performance and speed.
This Zoeller sump pump M53 helps you to get rid of stagnated water in the basement areas. Besides being affordable, it is also energy efficient, which makes this product more adorable by almost everyone. It is designed with advanced technology to drain out water in the specific area within minutes. Let us see some of the features and benefits of this Zoeller M53 sump pump.
As far as submersible sump pumps go, Zoeller brings over 70 years of experience to the table, and it is therefore hard to argue against a top-line Zoeller product such as the Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate Submersible Sump Pump.
However, we know paper specs may be deceptive, and hence it is necessary to study the product carefully, since submersible sump pumps are difficult to remove once they have been installed, and the assembly has to be taken apart entirely to make space for a new sump pump. This is especially important to consider since the product in question is rather economical compared to others, and possesses an assembly that is less complex than some of its competition.
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
- Product Weight: 21 pounds
- Type: Submersible Sump Pump
- Discharge: 1 ½ inches NPT
- Motor: 1/3 HP
- Maximum Speed: 1550 RPM
- Power Cord: 9 ft
- Warranty: 1 year
With the Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate Submersible Sump Pump, you get a 1 year factory warranty, which can be availed by taking the malfunctioning machine to the nearest factory outlet.
Features Of The Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate 1/3 HP Submersible Sump Pump
- One of the interesting features about this Zoeller submersible sump pump is its power packed performance. It can drain out around 34 gallons of water within a minute from 10 m deep basement and 43 gallons of water per minute from 5 m deep basement.
- Each and every part of this unit is corrosion free as the outer covering is coated with corrosion resistant powder.
- It comes with built-in waterproof floating switch and polypropylene float. It has various options to ensure longer life cycle.
- The rotating material is strong enough and is made with glass filled plastic and so, it can work for prolonged hours without any damage and interruption.
- The pump shaft of this sump pump is covered with ceramic and carbon to ensure its longevity and to ensure no leakage.
- This high quality sump pump is available at reasonable price and it will not make a big hole in your pocket. It is also versatile enough to be used to remove water from any area in your home.
- It does not produce much noise and operates very slowly. No one knows that this Zoeller 1 3 hp sump pump is operating unless they are standing near to the sump basin.
Benefits of Zoeller M53:
- The outer covering of this system is made of cast iron which is coated and dried with epoxy. This prevents the covering from getting corroded due to prolonged exposure to water.
- The length of this power cord is 3 meter or 9 feet in length, which is appropriate for taking advantage of this unit completely.
- Zoeller M53 Pump is lightweight and so, it can be easily carried to any place you desire. In order to further enrich the comfortable level, a stainless steel handle is attached to it.
- You have the choice of choosing between the plastic impeller and cast iron impeller. The grooves of the impeller are designed to enhance the capacity of the motor to withdraw water efficiently.
- It comes with 3 years warranty from the manufacturer which makes this unit an optimal choice for everyone.
Though there are several strong points about this Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate submersible sump pump, there are certain areas that need some improvements. They include:
- This unit is energy efficient. Zoeller M53 includes numerous advanced features, which make them energy efficient.
- This factor made this submersible sump pump an optimal choice for most people.
- It comes with cast iron impeller which is designed to grind large sand particles or gravel into small pieces or powder.
- You will definitely not see this feature available in any other submersible sump pump.
- This unique feature makes this sump pump different from its counterparts.
- This submersible sump pump is easy and convenient to use.
- This sump pump can run smoothly and efficiently.
- It is stable, flexible, reliable and even good enough to protect your basement from flooded water.
- You will definitely get impressed with the operational speed of this sump pump system. The water can be removed from the specific area within a short span of time.
- As the impeller is responsible for sucking out the unwanted debris.
- It should be checked out and cleared so that there will not be any clogging in the sump pump system.
- The follow holes of this system also suck sometimes.
- It has two assembly points-one from the impeller and another one from the exit pipe.
- This gets clogged at some times, resulting in the airlock.
- Of course, these holes can be cleaned using nails.
Design and build quality
Sump pumps need to operate in extremely damp conditions, and hence, it is vital that they have an exterior that is capable of withstanding the constant water flow, which can at times exert considerable pressure on the fragile interior parts. In case of the Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate Submersible Sump Pump, this issue is taken care of by a cast iron housing which covers the entire body of the motor. In addition to ensuring the safety of interior components, the cast iron housing also allows heat to be dissipated quickly and efficiently into the surrounding water.
Equally important is fact that the cast iron is baked in epoxy coating, which prevents corrosion of the housing when exposed to water for long periods of time. Thirdly, the product has a small hole near the base, which allows small amounts of water to pass through it without entering the body of the sump pump. This prevents an air pocket from developing between the Discharge and the switch guard level directly above it.
Major External Parts (handle, power cord and discharge)
The product comes with a convenient stainless steel handle which allows the product to be carried around without difficulty. The 3m power cord is sufficiently long, secure and hardy, and meets stringent submersion specifications, thus ensuring that the product is never capable of producing unintended electric hazards in the basement.
Keeping in mind the necessity of fitting a standard PVC or similar pipe into the discharge, the manufacturers have offered a 1-1/2” NPT discharge that accepts most standard pipes. At the same time, the diameter is vital to ensuring that the pipe is capable of carrying off small spherical solids of up to ½” that may otherwise impede the running of the sump pump.
Internal Motor and Sealing
The Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate Submersible Sump Pump comes with a 4-pole motor that is capable of providing 1/3HP of power at a maximum speed of 1550RPM. As plumbing experts will tell you, this is the among the best power ratings available in the sump pump market, and coupled with the overheating switch, ensure that the product can work efficiently for long hours at a stretch without suffering from damage due to excess heat. If these weren’t enough to make this product one of the best sump pumps in the market, consider that the pump is hermetically sealed at all times.
In case you are wondering, this hermetic sealing is achieved with a shaft seal made of carbon and ceramic, which allows neither oil to seep out of the motor nor gives passage to water or any other debris that may be floating around.
Impeller, Switch Assembly and Switch Protection
Zoeller offers you a choice of either a plastic impeller (filled with glass and having a metal insert) or a cast-iron impeller. Both of them perform equally well when it comes to the essential function – suction without clogging. Indeed, the grooves in the impeller are specially engineered to ensure that the motor is capable of efficiently drawing the water without suffering from blockages due to solid particles and/or excess water pressure.
The Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate Submersible Sump Pump comes with a switch assembly which allows for automatic switching on and off of the product. The 2-pole switch is a vertical extrusion on the side of the product, which connects to a float. As water rises, the float rises and switches on the motor. The float is made of durable polypropylene, thereby ensuring smooth functioning in a range of circumstances. However, some users complain that the thin shaft joining the float to the switch is susceptible to dislocation if struck by some object or pressed against the sides of the enclosure.
Furthermore, to ensure that the switch is capable of working unhindered regardless of the problems created by the nature of the enclosure, a switch guard has been provided. Protruding out like a horizontal handle, it ensures free operation of the switch guard. In spite of the switch guard feature, the switch guard has a relatively shorter life span of 3-6 years, and needs to be changed thereafter. Changing of the switch, however, is not a difficult task and can be carried out with day to day handyman tools.
A survey of customer opinions suggests that most are highly satisfied with the product quality, especially the speed and capability of the motor to remove water. The excellent build quality was also a major talking point amongst satisfied buyers. Some noted that the switch tended to become unresponsive or weak following a few years’ usage, but they suggested that it can be replaced without difficulty using a screwdriver.
The Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate Submersible Sump Pump is one of the most feature packed sump pumps in the sub-$200 price bracket, as will be evinced by a careful study of reviews of various sump pumps. It is made even more affordable by an unprecedented 32% discount that Amazon is currently offering on the product which puts the sump pump in the sub-$130 price bracket. If that wasn’t enough, Amazon is also offering free shipping for this product.
Zoeller M53 Sump Pump Review
The Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate Submersible Sump Pump provides the perfect blend of good price, excellent motor and sufficiently hardy exterior that every sump pump owner hopes for. With automatic functioning, overheating switch and a good discharge size, the product is capable of working for long periods of time without being stopped by either heating or excess water (or debris in the pit). If all points are considered, therefore, we can safely say that the Zoeller M53 is a superior product which strengthens the reputation that Zoeller has already achieved for offering excellent products with decent price tags.
By now, you might have understood that Zoeller M53 Might Mate submersible sump pump is more reliable than other dewatering units available in the market today. It is designed to carry out the intended work in the best possible manner and to remain efficient for many years without the need to get compromised with its features and operational speed.
All the features of this sump pump are factory tested and so, you will not get disappointed with this item. Whether you are looking for a sump pump for a newly constructed home or to replace the old one, you can consider investing in this Zoeller M53 Mighty-Mate Submersible Sump Pump.
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Wayne WSS30V Primary and Battery Backup Sump Pump
If you are away from your home and the flood is threatening your home, a Wayne backup sump pump ensures crucial safety to your home by pumping out a considerable amount of water at a faster rate. Wayne WSS30V sump pump is designed exclusively with effective features to keep your home safe and dry. It is a combination sump pump system which combines a strong, top suction cast iron primary sump pump and a plumb float with high flow, corrosion resistant, programmed action battery backup sump pump.
Wayne WSS30V is designed to use it frequently, but it functions based on the electric current supplied to it. It serves as the main pump whereas the battery backup sump pump serves as the secondary one. The manufacturer has integrated numerous features into it and they are as follows:
Features Of Wayne WSS30V:
- Wayne WSS30V sump pump system is fitted with state of the art Switch Genius switch which is managed by a microprocessor to detect water level and operate the pump.
- It is integrated with automatic alarm system and indicator LED light that lets you know that the backup system is in function and active.
- To ensure effective operation, the Wayne sump pump system must be operated at 120 volts whereas the backup pump at 12 volts.
- The primary pump system can drain out 4200 gallons of water per hour, which is something higher when compared to other sump pump system.
- This sump pump is automatic and is designed to prevent basement flooding by removing water from the sump pits.
- As back up sump pump is also integrated along with the main pump.
- It helps in relieving load from the primary pump, especially when the water level increases a lot.
Benefits Of Wayne WSS30V:
- It is already preassembled and so, it can be installed even if you don’t have knowledge on technology.
- The automatic operation is facilitated by the vertical float switch.
- The pump is made of durable, high quality cast iron and the unit is corrosion resistant even in the case of high flow capacity.
- The top suction design of this model reduces the clogging and obstructions of any drainage pipe, which makes this pump a unique item in the entire market.
- It comes with an alarm system to inform that the backup system becomes active.
- It can also be taken as a warning for the increase in water level.
- Wayne Wss30V can be subjected even to continuous operation.
- You will not experience any reduction in the performance of this unit.
- You can even use this system for heavy duty water removal task.
- This system is built to last for longer time, withstand corrosion and backup to ensure that the water is removed completely from the basement in no time.
- This unit is tested more than 1 million times to prove its efficiency and performance level.
- The primary top suction is durable and is made with cast iron that does not corrode easily
- Pre-assembled that helps in a quick installation without getting assistance from the professionals.
- Less power consumption, which means that the primary pump requires 120 V and secondary pump requires 12 V to drain out 4200 gallons and 3300 gallons of water per hour respectively.
- It has 2 heavy duty check valves.
- It comes with LED indicator and alarm system to inform about the active state of the sump pump system.
- It is durable, reliable, long lasting and corrosion resistant, giving you a higher value for your money.
- The sump pump operates quieter when compared to pumps of other brands.
- It comes with manufacturer warranty for 5 years, which proves the value and effectiveness of this sump pump system.
- It is a little bit more expensive.
- It can be used only for sump pit which is more than 15 inches in diameter.
- It cannot be used in pits which are less than 15 inches in diameter.
Wayne WSS30V is known to have a sleek design and strong construction. It is extremely impressive, especially with its quiet performance. If you are looking for a basic level pump along with a backup system, then this combo will be the right choice for you. It can be installed easily without any need for hiring the experts. If you use this system as per the instructions, it can last for prolonged years. You could also get the best value for your money.
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