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How To Find The Right Float Switch For Your Sump Pump

A sump pump's purpose is to ensure that your basement doesn't fill with water and become damaged. One necessary component of a sump pump is the float switch, a small device attached to the pump that detects water levels in the sump pit. The rising water level lifts the float switch, triggering the pump to turn on and remove the excess water. Once the water level drops, the float switch drops, turning off the pump.

Why You Must Turn Off Your Pump

Turning off the pump can save you from potential flooding disasters by ensuring your sump pump is always working when needed. Without a float switch, the pump could run continuously, wasting energy and potentially burning out the motor. On the other hand, if the pump fails to turn on at the right time, you could be left with a flooded basement.

How to Find the Right Sump Pump Switch

Float switches come in various types and sizes. To choose a switch, the first step is to measure the size of your sump pit, which will help you determine the appropriate size for your sump pump switch. The sump pump switch should be large enough to accommodate the most considerable amount of water the sump pit can hold. 

Determining the GPM

The next step is to determine the gallons per minute (GPM) rating of your sump pump, which will help you choose a sump pump switch that can handle the water flow rate of your sump pump.

Once you know the GPM rating of your sump pump, you can choose a sump pump switch with a corresponding GPM rating. Look for a switch with a higher GPM rating than your sump pump to ensure it can handle the water flow. 

Other Factors to Consider

Other factors to consider when choosing a sump pump switch include the voltage and current requirements of your sump pump, the type of power supply you have, and whether you are using a float or a pressure switch. Both options turn the sump pump on and off. The float uses a buoyant switch and a stem, and the pressure switch uses a diaphragm to respond to changes in pressure.

If you want to ensure that your sump pump works efficiently and effectively, consider investing in a float switch. It may seem like a small detail, but it can protect your home from water damage.

For more information about sump pump equipment, talk with a local supplier.