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Submersible Pump Buyer's Guide

Submersible Pump

Owning a home is an investment. As such, you want to do all that you can to protect that investment. One of the most important things you can do to protect your home is to ensure your submersible pump works properly.

Submersible pumps help keep water out of your home when it rains and snows. You'll need to replace your submersible pump every seven to ten years. If you live in a low-lying area, you'll want to replace your pump more frequently.

You should also replace your pump if you've done work in your basement. Here is our sump pump guide when shopping for a new pump.

Submersible Pump Horsepower

One of the first things to consider when purchasing a submersible pump is the right horsepower for your home. A sump pump with more horsepower may not be the best option for your home. If the water levels in your area don't match the power output of the pump, the pump can wear itself out.

Since Calgary and Edmonton receive an average amount of precipitation each year, most residents don't need to worry about high-horsepower pumps. However, if you live in a low-lying area, you may want to get a more powerful pump.

Most pumps are available in three sizes.

1/3 horsepower pumps are the most common size. A home with an average water table can get by with this size pump. 1/2 horsepower pumps are good for homes that have an above-average water table.

A 3/4 horsepower pump is the strongest pump available for residences. They are so powerful that you should only get one under these circumstances:

  • Your home is in a flood plain or low-lying area

  • Your water table is high, or the area is susceptible to flooding

  • Your basement is deep

  • Your pump is for outdoor pumping

Sump Pump Switch Types

The switch turns on the pump when the water reaches a certain level. There are three main switch types available with sump pump options.

The first one is the tethered float. Tethered floats can travel farther than vertical floats. This allows the motor to cool off longer in between cycles.

However, for these floats to engage, you need a sump with a wider diameter.

The next switch type is the vertical float. Vertical floats can operate in narrower sumps.

Vertical floats cause pumps to cycle more often, which isn't good for their longevity.

Debris and mineral buildup can also negatively impact the float.

Electronic switches are great for narrow sumps as well. Unlike vertical floats, debris doesn't interfere with their operation. Some electronic switches also include water depth alarms.

Over time, mineral buildup can cover and interfere with the switch's sensors.

Water Services in Alberta

A submersible pump is one of the most important things you can purchase for your home. Before buying one, check your old pump and verify environmental factors to decide how much horsepower you require. Switch types are also important considerations, especially since some are ideal for specific sumps.

If you require water services in Calgary, Edmonton, or other locations in Alberta, contact Western Pump with your inquiries. We offer pumps, water treatment, spa and pool services, and more. Call your local branch office to set up an appointment.


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