Functions of a Pedestal Sump Pump

If you live in a flood-prone region or in a low land where heavy downpour causes water to get into your basement or cellar, you’re already aware of the importance of having a reliable good sump pump. Sump pumps are designed to function with only one purpose mainly and that is to pump out excess water out of your basement in flooding situations. Standing floodwater can cause serious structural damage to your basement wall and valuable assets in it.

Not only, but it also poses threats to your home, if your basement remains wet and dank, it is the breeding ground for mildew and mold. Therefore, it is crucial to get the water out as soon as possible. And that is where sump pumps come to rescue. There are mainly two types of sump pumps available – submersible and pedestal sump pump. Today, in this post we will talk about pedestal sump pumps, functions of a pedestal sump pump in detail.

But before I explain the functions of a pedestal sump pump, let’s take a brief look at what is a pedestal sump pump and some of the key features of a pedestal sump pump that includes both its pros and cons.

What is a Pedestal Sump Pump?

Unlike a submersible sump pump, a pedestal sump pump is a motorized pump that sits on a pedestal out and above the water level. The way it works is that it has a float switch that gets activated when the water in the basin gets to a certain level. These pumps are intended to work where the water level is not too deep or is shallow.

Although it is a bit noisier than submersible pumps due to its motor residing above the water, these pumps came before the submersible pumps and were used extensively back in the time, and still are popular choices among people for its several advantages.

Key Features

functions of a pedestal sump pump

Functions of a Pedestal Sump Pump: How It Works?

First of all, the pedestal pump operates using electricity, in other words, it used AC (Alternating Current).

Usually, a pedestal sump pump is used in a sump pit in the basement or cellar, however, it is also often used in low areas such as a swimming pool cover or a fountain.

The pedestal works using a float switch which gets activated as the water in the basin or pit rises to a certain threshold level and the pump is turned on and starts to pump out excess water through the discharging outlet to a place outside of the house to a designated safe place.



All About Pedestal Sump Pump


The above overview of a pedestal sump pump should help you understand what a pedestal sump pump is, how a pedestal sump pump works and some of its features, merits, and demerits.

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