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  1. #1
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    New Sump Pump question

    Living in townhome. 3 levels including basement. 2100 Sq.Ft total.
    Basement around 750 Sq.Ft



    We currently have a sump pump in our basement which is around 10 years old. This sump pump has two power cords. Both power cords are connected to a single power outlet in a piggyback fashion.


    The sump pump doesn't work when its in a piggyback power cord connection. When we just plug the back power cord (pump cord) directly to the outlet, then sump pump will work in continuous mode without stopping.


    Anyhow since it is 10 years old, planning to replace it, rather than just trying to fix it and then worry again after few months.


    New rookie questions:


    1) Which Sump pump brand ,make & model are more reliable ?


    This time I want to get the best one and not worry about basement flooding any more



    2) Our vertical height from sump pump pit to the home exit is around
    10 feet


    3) Does it hurt if you buy a sump pump unit which is overkill for your home ?


    4) What are the key factors to look into when buying a new sump pump


    5) Are there sump pump which has two motors, so even if one fails the second one still works ?


    6) Which submersible sump pump make & model is recommended ?




    Any other suggestions are welcome.


    Thanks for your help.

    Please check the attached pics of existing sump pump.
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    Your switch is stuck or bad. When you plug in directly you bypass the float switch and it runs continually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimbler View Post
    Your switch is stuck or bad. When you plug in directly you bypass the float switch and it runs continually.
    Thanks for the quick reply.

    Until we fix the switch, if we bypass the float switch and run in continually will it burn out the pump ?

    Will definitely get the float switch checked, but can it run over night continually bypassing the float switch ?

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    Here are some more pics in detailed view from our existing sump pump setup.
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  5. #5
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    It is probably an intermittent duty pump that may rely on water for cooling and/or lubrication. I wouldn’t run it continually.

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    Which brand sump pump are good w.r.t. making less noise and handling lot of water.

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