When most people go shopping for a new sump pump to install in their home, they often make the mistake of looking at the physical size of the pump and not the actual horsepower that the device needs to adequately drain water out of their basement. There are a number of factors that an experienced Arlington, VA sump pump repair service like John C. Flood will need to take into consideration when they are installing one of these appliances in your home to protect the space from damaging seasonal floods.
First off, there are two basic kinds of sump pumps - pedestal models and submersible designs. A pedestal sump pump has a motor that sits above the surface of the floor, attached to the shaft of the device. This model features a floating arm that will activate the pump once the water level within the basin causes the arm to move upward. The design juts out of the floor, potentially creating aesthetic discontinuity in your basement because of the unsightliness of the motor. But this also makes it easier to repair, since access doesn't require reaching into a basin, also making it more economical.
The submersible design isn't dissimilar, but the motor is placed beneath floor level inside the water basin. As a result, when the pump is activated, it is significantly less loud than a pedestal model thanks to the concealed motor. However, gaining access to the main engine of the device is more difficult.
Whichever design you choose, be sure you don't start the summer season without a working sump pump in your basement.