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Are Your Sump Pumps Strong Enough to Handle the Next Rainstorm in NJ?

Are Your Sump Pumps Strong Enough to Handle the Next Rainstorm in NJ?

When the weather forecast says a heavy rain is on its way, many homeowners start worrying about their sump pumps. Your sump pump is like the kids’ story, ‘The Little Engine That Could.’ But instead of a cutesy little train engine going over a hill, you’re hoping and praying that your sump pump can get the water out of your basement before it turns into a stinky, mildew-filled cesspool.

There’s something better you can do than just hoping. You can check your sump pump, which is your first line of defense against a slimy ocean forming in your basement , and make sure it’s strong enough to handle the rainstorm in NJ.

How a Sump Pump Works

When water starts filling your basement, your pump should kick in. Located at the lowest point in the basement, water will naturally pool into the pump. It will then draw the water out of the basement and pump it to a drainage system that leads it away from the house. If your sump pump is strong enough, it will pump faster than the water fills your basement.

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Sump Pump Horsepower

Like the motor in your car, a sump pump’s power is measured in horsepower. Higher horsepower means it can move water out more quickly. High horsepower means you can pump water faster, but it also costs you more in electricity. It’s important to choose the right amount of horsepower and not necessarily the highest.

Without the help of sump pumps, our homes in New Jersey would be floating away. This means you need pretty high horsepower. But since high horsepower pumps are power hogs, another option is to install a pump with a larger pit so that it doesn’t have to run as often.

Sump Pump Capacity

Whether or not your sump pump will work isn’t just about strength. It’s also about capacity. It needs to be able to hold enough water to pump it out.

You can determine capacity by testing it on a rainy day. Run your pump until the water recedes to the shutoff level. Turn off the pump and wait one minute. See how far it filled up during that one minute.

Most sump pumps are 18 inches in diameter, which means that an inch is 1 gallon of water. Measure the number of inches it filled up when it was off for that minute and multiply it by 60. This will tell you how many gallons of water come into your pit per hour. Multiply this by 1.5 just to add some extra for safety. This is the pumping capacity you need.

You Get What You Pay For

As with many things, you get what you pay for to some extent with sump pumps. The cheap plastic ones don’t work as well as the cast iron ones. Again, if you live in the land of heavy rainfall we call New Jersey, you may want to invest in a higher quality pump.

How Old Is Your Sump Pump?

A sump pump motor can last anywhere from five to ten years. This means that after five years, you could potentially have problems with it. If it’s more than ten years old, you should hire a waterproofing contractor to look at it and give it a careful inspection. If it’s old, you might consider getting an upgrade.

No one wants to have to swim through their basement. In New Jersey, having an adequate sump pump is essential. Make sure yours has the right capacity and power to pump that dirty water out of your house.