What is a water powered sump pump?
A water powered sump pump is a device which works by transferring water from underneath your home, to outside of your home.
The device is like a vacuum, every time the water pressure reaches a certain limit it triggers the water powered sump pump to turn on and reduce the water back to a safe level which cannot flood your home.
How is a water powered sump pump different from a regular sump pump?
A water powered sump pump is a backup pump for the standard sump pump. A normal sump pump draws water into a pit underneath your home, to prevent the water from rising into your basement. The water powered sump pump, pumps the water back out of the pit and sends the water back outside where its supposed to be.
Do I need a water powered sump pump?
Well if your only using a normal sump pump, yes it is a vital necessity. A normal sump pump only draws the water from flooding your basement by sending it into a pit underneath your home, if weather conditions are severe enough this pit could still flood after so much time, so without a water powered sump pump there would be no real reason to even use a normal sump pump. They do not work without each other.
How do I work it?
You don’t. The water powered sump pump is totally automatic. You will find that the pump has its own float switch and activates once the water level reaches a dangerous level, then pumps it back down to a safe level.
Will it suck up my electric bill?
Fortunately the sump pump does NOT run off electricity or batteries. The sump pump works off pressurization. there is also a adjustable timer in which you can set how long you want the pump to run every time it is activated by the water levels. Normally this time would need to be around 20 to 30 seconds depending on size of the sump pit along with how close your home is to the ground.
The best way to depict how long to set the pump isn’t to guess but to ask either the person who installs it under your home, or a sump pump professional.
How do I choose the right size pump for my home??
This is simple normally there are 3 different types of water powered sump pumps. These types being:
Residential RB- 750- This would be for your average home with a pretty normal amount of sump water needing lifting from under your home.
Residential/ commercial HB – 1000 This would be for homes with high volumes of sump water which are found to constantly flood from underneath.
Commercial CB- 1500 Which would be for buildings not standard to be used on single homes, which have a high volume of water at a frequent rate.
Remember also model types vary from store to store, just because it has a different name doesn’t mean it isn’t for the same level of water. The best way is to document your water problems around your home then ask a professional on what they would advise to use.