Jun 29

6 Ways to Save Money on Utilities

I don’t know about you but I love spending money and always get really excited when I get my latest utility bill. That might not be a serious statement but what is serious is saving money. Saving money on utilities can help you save up for the stuff you really need, like the complete DVD box set of an obscure 80’s show, or a talking fish that hangs on your wall. Below are a few tips that will save you money so you can hear the sweet songs of that fish in no time.

Pack the Dishwasher

A good way to start saving money on utilities is to get the most out of your appliances. Never run a dish washer with anything less than a full load. Try hand washing large pots, pans, and dishes as well. These take up a considerable amount of space in dishwashers and if you have more space available, you won’t have to run the dishwasher as often. You can let your dish washer do the heavy lifting as well by skipping any pre-rinsing. By doing this alone you can save up to $70 a year. Air drying your plates and utensils can also be just as beneficial.

Thermostats

By adjusting your thermostat just 1 degree, you can save up to 3% on your utility bill. Lowering your AC while you’re away and raising it again once you get home can be a good routine to develop. Conversely, this works for heat as well during the winter months. Programmable thermostats can also make a significant difference. They pay for themselves over time as they can save you up to 10% of your bill.

Conserve Water

Conserving water may mean altering some common habits. For instance, make sure the water isn’t running while brushing your teeth or shaving. I love long showers as much as the next person, but they can definitely show up on your next utility bill.  However, while a typical shower can take up to 7.55 gallons of water, a bath generally uses about 20. When it comes to watering your lawn, make sure to not over water. If you have a sprinkler system, make sure it doesn’t turn on more than it needs to.  Also, try watering your lawn in the morning, before the sunniest and hottest hours of the day so water doesn’t evaporate as quickly.

Insulation

Poor quality or no insulation at all can make your home colder in the winter and warmer in the summer. Proper insulation is especially important in your attic. If you have an older water heater, insulating it can prevent heat loss by 25-45%. This means your water will be heated with much greater efficiency. Adding draft door stoppers, (cylinder looking objects that stretch along the bottom of your door), can help keep heat in the rooms and help regulate the temperature as well. If you don’t have any draft stoppers, towels can work just as well.

Ceiling Fans

Not only are ceiling fans cheaper to run, they cool rooms during the summer and circulate warm air in the winter. Many people wouldn’t consider turning their fan on in the winter, however, they can be quite helpful. Some fans are capable of running clockwise and counter-clockwise as well. By spinning clockwise in the winter months, the fans pulls air up into the room, rather than blowing air down on you.

All these tips are useful to know!  Even by just doing a few of them, they can keep more money in your wallet and maybe another singing fish for your wall!

Pumps!

And last but certainly not least, nothing is more satisfying than saving money on pumps! You can save money right off the bat by finding the pump you need on PumpProducts.com. We carry the most trustworthy pumps at some of the lowest prices in the industry. Or if you have a well pump and want to save money, make sure you have the right well tank for your pump. A bigger well tank, such as the Amtrol WX302, would prevent your well pump from turning on as frequently. This will save you energy and money on your next utility bill.

With all these tips you’ll have that singing fish on your wall in no time!

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Jun 21

The Art of Unclogging Your Toilet

I think we’ve all been here before. You get invited to a friend’s house for dinner. It’ll be fun they said, except Jennifer didn’t tell you it was a burrito dinner party. An hour later it hits you. Suddenly you have to use the bathroom but you use the one upstairs because you know you’re going to be a while. Everything goes according to plan until uh oh, the water starts to rise. Luckily old Inspector Pumphead is here to walk you through this disaster so you know exactly what to do.

Don’t let your throne play games with you

 

The first and perhaps most important step is to not panic. After that, we want to stop the bowl from filling up. We don’t want that water spilling over the bowl and turning the bathroom into the world’s saddest pond. To do this, start by taking the lid off the tank. Next, close the toilet flapper. The flapper is the little rubber disk at the bottom of the tank, it releases water from the tank into the bowl. The water in the tank isn’t dirty so don’t fret about sticking your hand in there.

Now it’s time to get out a plumber’s best and most reliable friend, the handy plunger. Inspector Pumphead’s plunger is in a break glass in case of emergency case next to his toilet, but yours is hopefully close by. Having the right plunger is important. Funnel cup plungers work best as they have a flange on their rubber cup that creates the best seal between bowl and plunger. Now here’s an industry secret: run your plunger under hot water for a few minutes before use. This will soften up the rubber and create a better seal.

Believe it or not there is a right way to plunge. Get a solid seal between your plunger and the exit hole of the toilet and start plunging. The pull back motion is just as important as the push-down. After a couple strokes with the plunger, it’s time to flush the toilet. If the water goes down and clears the bowl, congratulations! Your clog is solved. If not, you may have to repeat closing the flapper and plunging a couple more times until the clog is gone.

If you don’t have a plunger handy (or are too embarrassed to ask for one), you can pour hot water and a few drops of soap or dishwasher detergent into the clogged toilet. Let these sit in the toilet for 20 minutes. The heat from the water may break up the clog and make plunging unnecessary or at least make plunging much easier.

Funnel Cup Plunger

If the methods detailed above haven’t worked and this clog has become the bane of your existence, you can always use an auger. What’s an auger you might be asking? An auger is a long, snaking cable that can reach down into the toilet. Augers should be available at your local hardware store. To use an auger, the cable end goes into the toilet and the other end has a crank attached that can extend the auger. The auger will either loosen the clog or hook onto it. If the auger hooks onto the clog, pull the clog out and discard.

If none of this sounds like fun or if the clog is serious, you can always schedule an appointment with a plumber. If you have water backing up into your sinks and showers whenever you flush, this is a sign that your main line is clogged and this has become a job for a professional.

Remember that cleaning your toilet regularly can help prevent clogs in the future and there is such a thing as toilet paper etiquette. I’m glad we could go on this journey together but next time tell Jennifer to just order a pizza.

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Jun 12

5 Signs it’s Time to Get a New Sump Pump

Nobody likes a flooded basement. Sump pumps sit in your basement or crawl space and drain water in order to prevent flooding. Keeping your basement dry however, can prove to be taxing on a pump over time.  Below are five reasons it might be time to invest in a new sump pump.

Liberty 233

Making weird noises

If your pump is particularly noisy or making irregular sounds, it could mean a part is either damaged or broken. Sump pumps are relatively quiet when they are running properly, so unusual noises can be a sign it’s time for a new pump. A noisy pump can also be the result of an issue with the pump’s motor, so be sure to keep an ear open.

Not so-good vibrations
If your whole pump is vibrating, it could mean a damaged impeller. The impeller is the mechanism that draws water into the pump. Unfortunately, sometimes debris can get sucked into the pump as well, which could bend the impeller. Impellers are balanced specifically to reduce, wear on the shaft of the pump. They can prove difficult to properly replace so you may either want to call a plumber or replace the entire unit.

Infrequent pump usage

Limited use of a sump may reduce its shelf life. Be sure to test and clean your pump regularly between heavy rain falls in order to make sure all of the pump’s components are in proper working order.

Red Lion 14942746

If your pump is running why don’t you go catch it?

Alternatively, if your pump is constantly running, it could also shorten the pump’s service life.The most likely culprit of a  constantly running  pump is likely a faulty switch. The float switch is responsible for turning the pump on and off. Sometimes during operation, sumps can shift around in their basins and the float can become inhibited, leaving the pump unable to turn off. Constant operation can lead to a pump burning itself out. Your pump may also not be able to handle the water load it’s supposed to, which may lead to constant running as well.

Father Time

Even sump pumps aren’t immune to old age. The service life of a pump can vary due to several variables though the general life expectancy.  However, for most sump pumps, it is around ten years. Regardless of maintenance, testing, and cleaning, pumps experience wear-and-tear, and eventually they will need to be replaced.

If your sump fails,don’t fret, because luckily PumpProducts.com carries a wide variety of the most reliable and trustworthy sump pumps on the market. You can find our wide assortment here.

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May 18

7 Tips to Save Money at Home while Traveling

It’s that time of the year again. The sun is starting to peek behind the clouds, flowers are blooming, and birds are deciding its okay to wake you up at 3 AM with a song. So you know what that means. It’s time to get the heck out of here and take a vacation, or as the British call it, a holiday.

Below are a few tips about your lights, water system and household appliances to save both energy and money while you’re away.

Tip 1: Thermostats are Cool

Setting your thermostat for the appropriate temperature or turning off your air conditioning is essential. For summer vacations, set the furnace to a low temperature and if you have central air, set it to a high temperature to make sure it doesn’t turn on until you get back. During winter months, thermostats should be set at 50° F to ensure pipes and appliances don’t freeze. Programmable thermostats are especially handy during vacations as your appliances do all the work for you. It may also be helpful to close doors around your house to keep individual rooms better insulated.

Tip 2: Plug it Out, Plug it Out

Unplug any nonessential appliances or gadgets as most devices still consume energy as long as they’re plugged in, even if they’re turned off. Devices such as toasters, televisions, and coffee makers are known as “energy vampires” because of this. The good news is you don’t need any holy water or garlic to scare these energy suckers away; simply unplugging them will work.

Pumps are generally an appliance that you won’t want to unplug while you’re away, but you might be able to save energy on some on-demand systems. For instance, re-circulating pumps designed to deliver immediate hot water to your tap can have the accompanying timers turned off for potential energy savings. A popular re-circulating pump with an easily disabled timer is the Laing LHB08100085.

Some booster pumps designed to provide extra pressure at the tap, such as the Grundfos MQ series pumps have sensors that can be disabled. Keep in mind that you should only disable the sensors if you use your booster pumps specifically for extra tap pressure; if you use a booster to evacuate rainwater or another similar application you need those pumps fully functional.

Tip 3: If you try to steal a jacuzzi you might end up in hot water

As much as it may hurt, turning off that boiling but somehow incredibly relaxing hot tub while you’re gone could shrink your next bill. Water heaters generally account for 15-20% of your bill so switching off the breaker to your water heater could help save you a ton. If you have a gas model and not an electric water heater, switch your heater to its pilot setting.

Tip 4: Is your refrigerator running? Because you should probably ahhhh….you know the rest….

Refrigerators are among the biggest consumers of energy. Adjusting your refrigerator to 42 degrees and the freezer to 5 degrees is a warmer but food-safe temperature. Determine what food you should keep and what food is perishable. Packing your freezer actually increases efficiency as well. If you’re particularly daring and going away for an extended period of time, you can turn your refrigerator off to save energy and prop the doors open with a dish. Remember to clean the shelves before you leave to prevent any bad smells. Also it’s probably time you threw out that two week old plate of lasagna anyway.

Tip 5: What did the curtain rod say to the blinds? Nice shades.

A simple but super helpful thing to do while on vacation is to close your curtains and shut your blinds. Heat can enter your home through windows and closing curtains helps to conserve heat energy. Closing your curtains keeps heat in during the winter and heat out during the summer. This will also help your air conditioner do less work to cool the house down after you return.

Tip 6: Text Alerts Are Your Friend

One of the wonders of our modern technological society is that as long as you have a phone and some data, there is very little information that is out of your reach. That includes the status of your pumping system. Pump alarms have long served to let users know when the groundwater level in a pit becomes untenable. Now you can receive both SMS text alerts and emails to your phone when the alarm sounds.

One of the most popular alarms is the Liberty NightEYE which is wireless enabled and includes a snap-on float switch. The NightEYE is built for use with an indoor Liberty sump pump and can send texts, emails or push alerts to up to four different contacts using cloud technology. Compatible with both Apple and Android, the NightEye is just one option to make sure you know the state of your system when you’re away from home. An smart alarm will save you money in the long run by making sure you don’t have to replace aspects of your system.

Tip 7: Let There Be Light

Many people leave a precautionary light on while they’re away to ward off burglars. Having programmable lights can save you lots of energy. Instead of a light being on all day, having an automatic or sensor equipped light that turns on when the sun goes down can be just as effective and more energy friendly.

So I’ve done all those tips, what now?

You’ve made it through a bunch of helpful tips…and a few bad jokes….but finally we’ve arrived at perhaps the most important tip: enjoy your vacation and don’t stress! Stretch out on the sand, put on that one Jimmy Buffet song, and enjoy a drink that comes with a free mini umbrella.

 

May 16

The Inner Workings of a Basin

Basins are more than just over sized looking garbage cans. They’re your pump’s home. In your home you probably have nice drapes, maybe a trophy of that really big fish you caught last summer at the lake, and that leather couch in the living room that has somehow outlasted two cars. Similarly, a basin is made up of several elements that make your pump run efficiently and feel at home.

These heavy duty containers are commonly constructed of fiberglass or high grade plastic. They serve a variety of system types (simplex or duplex), sizes and applications. Some basins operate with multiple types of pumps while others are designed to be paired with a specific pump.

The first and most important step in selecting a basin is making sure it’s fitted for your pump’s size. For instance, a basin that is too small could fill up rapidly and contribute to improper pump cycling. If the pump turns on and off repeatedly, it will quickly burn out. Longer downtime between pump cycles keeps the pump cooler and results in longer life. With that in mind, let’s explore the inner workings of what goes on inside your basin.

An example of a sewage pump system. (Courtesy: Goulds)

Water enters the basin from the inlet. This is the opening located on the side of the basin. If your pump is automatic, once the basin starts to fill with water the float switch will raise which in turn will switch the pump on. Once the pump is on, the water will be pumped out of your system and exit through the discharge. A check valve should be located on your discharge line. The check valve keeps water from returning into the basin, preventing back flow. Back flow can result in wastewater coming up through your sinks, shower drains, and toilets. A pump without a check valve can also suffer from short cycling.

Liberty 1102/LE74M Sewage Package

The access cover is the lid of the basin. The biggest benefit of having a lid on your basin is unquestionably keeping that not-so-fresh smelling wastewater inside the basin instead of permeating through your basement. On the access cover there should be an opening for a vent, to regularize pressure within the basin, and another opening for the pump’s power cord. Some basins come in with an alarm fitted on them as well. The alarm’s purpose is to give owners advanced warning on any emergencies with their pump.

Basins are integral in providing an environment in which your pump can work at an optimal rate. Pumpproducts.com sells a variety of basins from the most trusted brands in the industry here.

May 08

Why is My Submersible Well Pump Short Cycling?

Welcome back to another edition of Inspector Pumphead’s Quick Tips! In this space I, Inspector Pumphead, will be dispensing wisdom regarding your pump, whether it be about performance, maintenance, repair parts or navigating our site to find a new product, I’m here to help! Today we’re going to be talking about short cycling.

Is your pump turning on and off so fast it’s bringing you back to your strobe light-disco days, complete with afros and bell bottoms? No? Just me? Sometimes the Inspector likes to think back to simpler times when he had a full head of hair. But I digress. Let’s talk about some common causes and fixes for your short cycling submersible well pump.

Goulds Model 10HS Submersible Well Pump

Short cycling is when a pump turns on and off too rapidly. Not only can short cycling result in pump failure, but it can harm the rest of your system as well. Short cycling can occur for a number of reasons.

One of most common reasons for short cycling is a loss of air in the water pressure tank. This is especially common in older, non-bladder pressure tanks. For these older tanks, the solution to this problem entails repairing the water tank air volume control. If you have a more modern tank, your tank’s bladder may be damaged, which means it won’t be able to hold pressure properly and will need replacing. If the tank is damaged in any way, replacing it as soon as possible should be a priority so the rest of your system doesn’t become stressed.

Short cycling can also occur because of the state of some of your pump’s components such as the pressure switch and check valve. You will want to examine these parts for wear and tear as they may be the culprit. The settings on your pressure switch may need to be readjusted or the switch could potentially need replacing if damaged. Your pressure tube may be clogged due to hard water or sediment in the system so this is something to check as well. A failed check valve means your system will not be able to hold pressure when the pump shuts off, which means this part may also need replacing.

If you’ve tested your pump’s components and they are in working order, something as simple as a leak in your system may be responsible for your pump’s malfunctioning. It’s important to look for damp spots around your system.

Little Giant Model W12G05S7-31P Submersible Deep Well Pump

If you are still unsure of the problem, or which repair part you need, you can always consult and schedule an appointment your local plumber or professional.

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Apr 25

Replacing the Mechanical Seal on Your Centrifugal Pump

It is I, Inspector Pumphead! I return this week to share some of the knowledge that’s inside my oddly shaped head, specifically the knowledge on how to replace the mechanical seal on your centrifugal pump.

The main purpose of the mechanical seal is to prevent leakage. They are a particularly important element of your pump because mechanical seal failure is responsible for a majority of pump malfunctions. By following these simple steps, you will be able to replace the mechanical seal in your pump so it experiences as little down time as possible.

Armstrong 975000-982 Mechanical Seal Kit

The first step of replacing your seal, is to make sure the power to your pump is off because safety is always the first step. Next, disconnect the pump from the plumbing system by using a PVC saw. Place the pump on a table or spacious work area.

Using a wrench, unscrew the bolts on the pump housing. Detach the pump’s motor shaft from the housing. Make sure to keep track of the bolts you unscrew!

Dismantling the pump’s impeller is the next step, as the seal is located on the shaft behind the impeller. While holding the shaft in place, rotate the pump’s impeller counterclockwise with the wrench until it disconnects from the shaft. Part of the old mechanical seal will be attached to the impeller, while the other part will still be attached to the motor shaft. Remove both of these pieces.

Goulds eHM Series Centrifugal Pumps

Now it’s time to put on the replacement seal. Slide the new mechanical seal along the shaft of the motor. Do not touch the front face of the seal, as it is highly sensitive to the oils on your fingers. Once the new seal is on the shaft, use the wrench once again to screw the impeller back on. After this, reattach the pump housing and motor by tightly screwing in the bolts.

Now that your pump is ready to go, the final step is placing the pump back into your plumbing system. You can do this by reconnecting the pump to the plumbing tubes with industrial strength PVC glue and primer. Wait a full day before starting the pump as the glue and primer need at least 24 hours to dry off.

So there you have it, in the matter of minutes your pump is back to new.  Be on the look out for another one of Inspector Pumphead’s Tips and How To’s, coming soon.

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Apr 17

What’s the Difference: 2 Wire vs 3 Wire Submersible Well Pumps

Welcome back to another edition of Inspector Pumphead’s Quick Tips! In this space I, Inspector Pumphead, will be dispensing wisdom regarding your pump, whether it be about performance, maintenance, repair parts or navigating our site to find a new product, I’m here to help!

This week we’ll be talking about the difference between 2 and 3 wire submersible well pumps. Firstly, both types feature a ground wire which shouldn’t be counted. Two wire pumps will have 2 black wires and a green wire. Three wire pumps have a black, red, yellow, and green wire. Let’s dive in and figure out which one is right for your application!

Myers 2NFL52-12-P4-01 (2 Wire)

The main difference between 2 wire and 3 wire well pumps is characterized by where the starting components for the motor are located.

Three wire well pumps house the starting components (starting capacitors, running capacitors, relays, and thermal overloads) in a control box or panel. Control boxes are usually mounted on a wall above ground. Though the potential of failure for the parts is greater than a two wire system, the components can be easily accessed and cheaply repaired or replaced. For example, if a capacitor malfunctions on a three wire, just the capacitor itself will need to be replaced.

Two wire well pumps do not use a control box. All the elements already come built within the motor or pump house itself. This allows for easier installation. However, if any of the starting components fail, the pump will have to be pulled up and the whole motor will have to be replaced. The likelihood of component failure in a two wire system is much lower than a three wire, although it is a much more expensive and time consuming endeavor if a part does fail.

Berkeley 15P4JP05231-02 (3 Wire)

At the end of the day, it’s up to you to determine the more convenient approach for your application. Your circumstances may dictate one configuration over the other.  Keep in mind, motors that are more than 1.5 HP requires a three wire configuration and a control box to start the heavier motors. You can find the plethora of well pumps PumpProducts.com carries here.

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Apr 12

How To Get the Most Out Of Your Sewage Pump and Extend Its Service Life

Pumps are often overlooked.  This makes me think of the time I was in the 8th grade.  I played a piece of singing celery in the annual school play. It was an integral role and really brought the whole play to a new level, but unfortunately I got little credit for my Hanks-esque performance. Similarly, pumps are the unsung heroes who work behind the scenes to make sure your plumbing systems are running efficiently.

Since pumps serve a variety of applications, they come in many shapes and sizes. Sewage pumps in particular are there to do the dirty work. These pumps sit in a basin and are necessary when wastewater can’t be moved by gravity alone. They move small solids and wastewater to a sewer system or septic tank. Every time you flush your toilet you activate the bat signal, letting your sewage pump know, there is work to be done.

Knowing how to extend the life of your sewage pump can not only save you time and money but prevent many future headaches as well. General life expediencies for sewage pumps can run from about 5-7 years for residential and 5-15 years for commercial applications. Below you’ll find several tips to ensure you get the most out of your sewage pump and how to extend its service life.

Zoeller N264

1. Toilet paper only

Flushing anything other than what’s supposed to go down the golden throne may harm your pump. Any materials such as feminine products, disposable wipes, paper towels, and many other products should be disposed of in a place well…that isn’t your toilet! These materials can potentially clog your system and create the need for a future appointment with your local plumber.

2. Use a check valve to prevent back flow

The purpose of a check valve is to make sure fluid flows in one direction only and this prevent back flow.  Back flow is exactly what it sounds like, it is fluids that flow in the opposite direction of where it is supposed to go. Back flow can result in wastewater coming up through your sinks, shower drains, and toilets. A pump without a check valve can also suffer from short cycling. This means your pump will constantly be turning on and off which can lead to the pump burning itself out. So making sure your check valve is operating correctly can be super beneficial.

3. Set your floats at the appropriate level

Float switches activate a pump when the level of waste water inside the basin reaches a certain height. Setting your float switch at the right level ensures your pump turns on when it is supposed to. Unfortunately, switches rarely last as long as pumps do, but luckily you can find a wide variety of float switches at PumpProducts.com here.

4. Have an alarm for early detection

An alarm can help prevent emergencies by providing a helpful warning against high water levels or pump failure. If you hear your alarm beeping, that means the pump needs to be dealt with right away. PumpProducts.com stocks the most reliable and easy to install alarms in the industry, from the most trusted distributors.

Myers SRM4P-1

5. Know your application (TDH, GPM demands)

Perhaps the most important thing is knowing your application and the demands of your system.  This can go a long way in selecting the right pump. If you can determine the factors such as the TDH (total dynamic head) and GPM (gallons per minute) that you will need, that’s half the battle. If you need assistance finding that information, call a PumpProducts.com application engineer.  This will ensure you will receive the right pump for your application and you can then rest easy knowing your plumbing system is in good hands.

6. Finally, make sure your basin is properly sealed

Because no one wants to smell that!

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Apr 05

5 Sump Pump Tips & Tricks: How to EXTEND the Life of Your Sump Pump

Sump pumps sit in a pit or basin in your basement and prevent residential flooding by draining accumulated water. By doing some simple maintenance, you can ensure that your sump pump is ready to tackle anything Mother Nature has to throw at it.

1. Clean the Sump Pump
Although, this one seems obvious, making sure your pump is clean guarantees efficiency and a long service life. To clean your pump, start by removing the pump from its basin or pit after disconnecting it from the power supply. Next, clean any dirt or debris off the outside of the pump. Be sure to clean the inlet screen on the bottom as the screen can get clogged over time. Also clear any dirt, gravel, sand, or other debris that may have accumulated in the sump pit as well. This will help make sure your pump stays cleaner, longer.
Depending on how often it’s used, your pump should be cleaned at least once a year.

Zoeller M73

2. Test the Pump
Pour water from a bucket or large container into the basin. Make sure the float switch is not obstructed and is able to move freely. As the water level rises, the float should activate the pump and water should begin to drain. This will indicate that your pump is in working order.

3. Clean Drainage Pipes
Check your pipes for any blockages or clogs so water can flow unimpeded. Also make sure all the pipes are connected tightly and there are no leaks. If your pipes are clogged, you may need assistance from your local plumber.

 

4. Level the Pump
Make sure your pump sits level. If your pump is off kilter, the float arm may become jammed. This will result in the pump being unable to become activated.

5. Check the Power Source
Make sure you’re plugged in! Check the power cord to make sure it’s not damaged. You may also want to have a battery backup system so your pump can continue to work in events such as a power failure.

Goulds LSP0311

There is no rule for how often a sump pump should be replaced, but nothing in life lasts forever!  Your pump’s life depends on how often it runs and how often maintenance is done. If you’re in the market for a new sump pump, look no further than the plethora of pumps PumpProducts.com offers!

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