How to choose the pedestal sump pump for your house?

A sump pump is an essential commodity of houses with basements. It is a great shield against flooding water and protects your basement from unexpected accumulation of water. A sump pit is used to collect the accumulating water around your basement and when the water level rises in the sump pit beyond a certain level, the sump pump is turned on automatically to drain away all the water from the pit.

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Sump pumps are a group of efficient and useful machine equipments and a onetime investment in a good sump pump can last for as long as 5-10 years.  Primary Sump pumps are available in two types, i.e submersible sump pump and a pedestal sump pump. Submersible sump pumps are used with a ground sump basin that are wide enough to carry a sump pump while pedestal sump pumps are fitted on top of the sump basin and are used mostly when the sump basin is narrow and small. Submersible sump pumps stay out if sight and makes less noise therefore are highly suitable for the living areas but pedestal sump pumps are more reliable, durable and easy to repair. The chances of error with pedestal sump pumps are far less as compared to that of a submersible sump pump.

Important things to consider

If you are looking to buy a pedestal sump pump for your house, there are a few things that you must consider before choosing the right sump pump for you.

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  1. The material used for the manufacturing of a sump pump is very important. Although pedestal pumps are not placed inside with water pit, but you must choose a sump pump that is built up of non corrosive iron or steel material. Avoid metal sheet sump pumps.
  2. Choose a sump pump with automatic switch so that it can start operating as soon as the water level rises. You may not always be there to turn on/off the sump pump. An automatic switch also prevents overheating of the pump by turning it off on time.
  3. The strength to drain out water is also very important for sump pumps. This strength is measured in horsepower and pedestal sump pumps are available with a strength of 3/10-1/2 HP. A weak sump pump is always less reliable and durable, so prefer to buy a sump pump between ranges of ¼-1/2 HP.
  4. Pedestal sump pumps are noisy as they are placed above ground. Choose for a pedestal sump pump that comes with a noise reduction mechanism.
  5. The impeller of the sump pump should have the ability to handle solids of up to ½ inch diameter while no screen intake design should ensure the accumulation of debris and solids around the sump pit. This will also prevent the clogging and blocking of the float switch.
  6. A battery backup is ideal in case of power outage because during the heavy rains, if your sump pump cannot work due to any power interruption, it’s of no use and ultimately you will be the one pushing the water out of your basement.

Pedestal sump pumps are far more reliable as compared to submersible sump pumps but choosing the right sump pump is very important to gain the exact benefits of a sump pump and prevent basement flooding under any circumstances.

You can use the above given tips to choose what’s best for you while buying a pedestal sump pump. The only thing you have to focus is the quality of the products and how well it matches to your needs,  and perform the function that you require.

How Should You Wash Down Pillows?

Down pillow has been designed to offer maximum amount of comfort at the time of sleeping. These are the fluffiest of pillows and are luxurious, soft and durable in construction. Compared to standard synthetic pillows, they offer a superior level of support and comfort. But like any other type of pillow, these need to be cleaned up well. This holds true even when you make use of a pillow cover. You can wash them well using your own washing machine at home, and not depend on some service provider. All that you need to do is follow these instructions.

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Remove the cover

Remove the protective cover from your pillow. Check the surface of your pillow and find out whether or not there are any tears or rips. In case you find such defects, fix them prior to washing your down pillow. You will not like your pillows to tear up even more.

Use cold water wash

Open your washing machine and place a pillow on one side and another one resting beside it. This will make an even load, and help wash them much better. Use cold water to wash them on a slow cycle and use only a small quantity of detergent of mild strength. You may also consider using down wash.

Remove all traces of water

Next, you should remove your pillows. Squeeze them slowly if required and release all excess amount of water from their insides. You will find the wet feathers emitting a stronger and more pungent smell than at other times. Do not be worried at this, as this will disappear when the feather dries. Such type of smell is normal from wet feathers.

Dry the pillows

Put your pillows in a dryer along with 1 or 2 clean balls used for playing in tennis courts. Set the dryer on the lowest setting of temperature in order to dry the pillows. The dryer will need 2 – 3 cycles before you find your down pillow to be fully dry. Once each cycle comes to an end, you should take out the pillow. Use your bare hands to fluff it up and break up all clumps that you can find to even them up.

If you are curious to know about the use of tennis balls, it is only to avoid the corners of the pillows from bunching up. You may also use a pair of old sneakers to achieve the same effect.

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