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Sump Pumps

Sump pumps are generally used to remove excess water from basements. They are fairly univeral drain pumps. They cannot be used for potable water.

One thing to take into account is that a sump pump will always leave about 1-2 inches of water at its lowest point. If it's being used in a pit(which it normally is), this shouldn't be a problem. Just sitting on a concrete floor, however, will leave quite a bit of water behind.

The sump pump above is a submersible pump. The entire pump will be underwater. This type has the advantage of being out of sight if it's in a pit. It can also sit flat on a surface without the need for support.

This next sump pump is a pedestal design. It has the advantage of having the motor completely out of the water. It is quite top heavy though, so it needs to be supported in order to prevent falling over. The float assembly on the above pump has been removed.

These are the two most common styles of sump pump. There are many different varieties of sump pumps though. Most only require a standard electrical outlet.

Something to watch out for is that most sump pumps have an 1 1/2" female outlet. Most sump pump hoses, however, are 1 1/4". This normally requires a bushing to drop the size of the outlet.

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