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What horsepower sump pump do I need?

Last Updated: 3rd May, 2020

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For most average-sized homes in areas with average water tables, a 1/3 HP sump pump should be sufficient. Typically, 1/3 HP pumps can handle 7' – 10' vertical lifts from the sump pit if they have one 90-degree elbow and a horizontal pipe run between 3 feet and 25 feet.

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Hereof, how do I know what size sump pump I need?

How to calculate the sump pump capacity you need

  1. A sump pit receives 20" of water in 1 minute, or approximately 20 gallons.
  2. Multiply: 20 gallons x 60 minutes x 1.5 = 1800 Gallons per Hour (GPH) capacity needed.

can you fully submerge a sump pump? It becomes activated by the float that is mounted on the side of the pedestal. The pedestal's motor isn't sealed and therefore can't be completely submerged. It can short out the motor, as well as create a shock risk in standing water. Sump pumps were designed to be submerged in water.

Hereof, how high can a sump pump lift water?

Then, you have to measure the needed lifthow high has the pump deliver the water from the bottom of the sump pit. A pump can remove much more water at a 5-ft "head pressure" (lift) than if has to pump 10 feet high.

What type of sump pump is better?

Submersible – A submersible type sump pump is installed in a sump pit and is designed to function underwater. Submersible pumps are usually more expensive, but have a longer lifespan than pedestal sump pumps. A submersible sump pump is also quieter and is hidden inside the sump basin, providing a cleaner appearance.

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Can a sump pump be too powerful?

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How many amps does a 3/4 HP sump pump draw?

3/4 are rated around 12 amps.

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Should there be water in my sump pump pit?

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How often should my sump pump run during rain?

A water table that is high can damage the slab even if the basement remains dry, so you may just need the sump pump to run every 8 minutes during your wet season, but if the above is true you are at least safe in a power outage. At least until somebody does something that alters the drainage.

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Can a sump pump pump water uphill?

Well it's easier to pump uphill than it is to pull uphill. That being said it stands to reason that a sump pump's sole purpose in life is to raise water from where it's collected and lift it off to the second floor or higher to at lease street level.

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Does a sump pit need to be vented?

ANSWER: Having a properly sealed sump pit in your newer home is important for a couple of reasons. In fact, if you have a properly sealed sump, there should be no need to vent any gasses to the exterior of the home, as they should remain in the pit, and may even partially vent to the outside once the pump comes on.

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What is the cost to replace a sump pump?

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Why do I have 2 sump pumps?

You could set both sump pumps at the bottom of your sump pit basin, but that would mean that both pumps would run at the same time. The 2nd pump will only have to work in the scenario that your primary pump fails or can't keep up with the water that enters your sump pit basin.

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When should sump pump turn on?

Fill a five-gallon bucket with water and pour it slowly around the sump pump. The pump should kick on once the water level reaches a predetermined level below the basement floor.

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How high can a pump push water?

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Should I unplug my sump pump in the winter?

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How long should sump pump run after rain?

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Should a sump pump sit on gravel?

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Do walkout basements need sump pumps?

Walkout basement, and a floordrain in basement (gravity fed sewer leading to septic). However, there is no sump pump.