John Baethke & Son Plumbing
John Baethke & Son Plumbing
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The Truth About Pumps: Any Pump Can Clog

The Truth About Pumps: Any Pump Can Clog

A common myth amongst plumbers is that "one pump fits all." The truth is that not all pumps are created equally, and there are several things you have to take into consideration when choosing a pump.

What are You Pumping?

In order to choose the right pump, you have to know what you are pumping. If you are pumping clear ground water, a 1-inch or 1/2-inch submersible or pedestal pump is all that you need. If you have a lot of clear groundwater to pump, then the larger 1-inch pump will be the best option, and the 1/2 inch will work best for a lower volume of water. Water with waste in it requires a 2-inch pump.

Why Did the Last Pump Fail?

Pumps will sometimes fail due to age. A submersible pump has an average lifespan of seven years, while a pedestal pump will last anywhere from 30 to 40 years. Pumps will also often fail because something went down the drain that wasn't supposed to.

A sump pump is an essential part of your home's plumbing system if your home is above a water table.

Toilet paper, water and human waste are the only things meant to go down the drain, but if you have problems with other things going down the drain, a grinder pump might be a good option. A grinder pump will shred anything it has to pump, but keep in mind that it is more expensive than a submersible pump.

What is Your Budget?

Your budget is an important consideration for choosing a pump, but keep in mind that you may have to spend more to get the best pump for you. A submersible pump is the least expensive but has the shortest life span.

A grinder pump has about the same lifespan as the submersible, but will cost more because of the grinding feature. A pedestal pump is the most expensive option, but has an excellent lifespan that may be worth the initial investment.

What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is an essential part of your home's plumbing system if your home is above a water table. When the water table is high, you can get dampness, water damage or, even worse, flooding in your basement. 

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A sump pump works to keep the water table below your house low so that your basement stays dry and undamaged.  We offer sump pump inspection, installation and consultation as part of our comprehensive plumbing services.

Did You Hear the News?

John Baethke & Son Plumbing was named Contractor of the Month by "Contractor Magazine." We are very honored to have received this recognition.

John Baethke & Son Plumbing is proud to provide excellent plumbing service and expertise as a Chicago plumber and emergency plumber. Let us share our knowledge of pumps with you, and when you need a Chicago plumber for any plumbing services, contact John Baethke & Son Plumbing and let us put our expertise to work for you.