Water powered vs. electrical sump pumps – a buyer’s guide

When it comes to buying a sump pump for your home in New Jersey, most people are confronted with a choice between a water powered pump and an electrical one. However, this is not the simple choice it first appears to be – these are very different pumps with very different practical applications.

Water powered pumps – Supplemental power in emergency situations

In the event of a flood, power shortages are very common and homes often have to be taken off the grid for safety reasons. In times like these, a water powered sump pump acts as a backup for your electrical sump pump until the power is back on. It insures you are still able to clear your sump pit and prevent flooding in emergency situations.

They fairly inexpensive machines and, whilst not in use, have no cost to homeowners. As they use water pressure to operate, it’s important your municipal water utility can supply you with water at the correct pressure. Generally speaking, these pumps use one gallon of piped water to pump out two gallons of floodwater and can operate for weeks on end until your power is restored.

Reliable, powerful electric sump pumps are your primary solution

Although water powered pumps are very effective, your primary sump pump should always be a durable, efficient electrical sump pump. These can pump out a far greater volume of floodwater per hour and are your main defense against flooding. Always choose a machine with features that include:

  • The ability to handle liquid and solid waste materials (up to 0.5 of an inch in diameter).
  • Cast iron pump housing – including rust and corrosion resistance.
  • Thermal overload protection.
  • Durable mechanical seals.
  • Lubricated, oil-filled motor housings that allow rapid heat dissipation.

This will insure your sump pump is able to handle tough flood situations easily over the long-term, giving you the most reliable and low-maintenance flood prevention system available.

DIY or professional sump pump installation?

Installing a sump pump is not an easy DIY job as it requires experience, flood prevention knowledge and specialized tools. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits all sump pump solution and only an experienced specialist will be able to properly evaluate your basement, design an appropriate system and install it properly for the most effective results.

At Bonded Waterproofing Systems, we can assist you with this important process – from supplying you with durable, high-quality Eliminator submersible pumps to installing your machine with minimal plumbing. With 30 years of experience at your service and a lifetime guarantee on our parts and labor, we will give you the peace of mind you need as a homeowner in New Jersey. In addition, we can also supply you with waterproofing, basement foundation repair and mold remediation services. To find out more, please visit our website at bondedwaterproofing.com today.

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