Trade Secrets From The Trusted Pittsburgh Plumber, Mr Rooter On Choosing A Sump Pump
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Trade Secrets From The Trusted Pittsburgh Plumber, Mr Rooter On Choosing A Sump Pump

Mr Rooter Tip Of The Day: The biggest decision when installing a sump pump will be where to dig the hole in the basement floor.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) November 12, 2012 - When choosing a sump pump, the homeowner has two choices: pedestal or submersible. Always opt for the latter; they are smaller, easier to install, and require less maintenance. “If there is concern about power outages, then purchase a pump with a battery backup,” says Bob Beall, master plumber and owner of Mr Rooter Plumbing Pittsburgh. “This unit runs off computerized controls from a car battery. When replacing a sump pump, simply swap one pump out for another – submersible for submersible or pedestal for pedestal, or whatever is the easiest,” says Mr Rooter.

The biggest decision when installing a sump pump will be where to dig the hole in the basement floor. To punch a hole in the concrete, it will be necessary to rent a heavy-duty rotary hammer. Make sure to put the hole at the lowest place in the flooding area or exactly where the water comes in.

Choosing A Sump Pump

The gallons per hour (gph) rate will determine the size of pump you need, along with how high it has to be pumped. Typically a 1/3-HP pump or a 1/2-HP pump is used. You don’t need more horsepower unless you are pumping higher than the basement ceiling; then opt for a 3/4 – or 1-HP model. The gph rate is determined by how many gallons you estimate are flooding into your basement.

Mr Rooter Tip Of The Day: Installing A Sump Pump

Tip #1 Screw a male adapter with Teflon-taped threads into the sump pump’s outlet typically 1 1/2-inch PVC, but 2-inch for large pumps and 1 1/4-inch for small models.

Tip #2 Glue a 2-foot piece of pipe into the male adapter. Following the manufacturer’s directions, attach the check valve, (glue-on or slip-on) onto the top of the pipe and make sure the check valve is pointing the right direction. This is one assembly, and it will be placed into the sump tank as a unit.

Tip #3 Place the pump in the hole in the floor, and run a pipe (from the check valve) vertically and horizontally as needed to your proposed exit point on an exterior wall.

Tip #4 Drill the exit hole in the rim joist at the top of the wall or cut a hole in a concrete wall with the rotary hammer.

Beall ‘s goal is to provide affordable costs to homeowners for any of the services they may need, many of which might occur unexpectedly. Mr Rooter coupons help to achieve this goal, as well as expert plumbing advice offered daily to homeowners. Mr Rooter prides itself on excellent customer service. Fast, courteous and front line services is what you should expect. We guarantee that is what you will get and our customers know the price before we start.

About Mr. Rooter® 

Established in 1970, Mr. Rooter® is an all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company serving 2.9 million consumers in the Northeast Ohio and Southwest Pennsylvania region. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500” and Franchise Times Top 200, Mr. Rooter® provides services to both residential and commercial customers. 24/7 emergency plumbing repairs call 1-877-ROOTER2. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit our Web site at . Follow Mr. Rooter on Twitter ( ), or like Mr. Rooter on Facebook (

Mr Rooter currently serves seven major Southwest PA counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Sharon, Mercer, Washington, and Westmoreland. Mr Rooter Youngstown serves three major Northeast OH counties: Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull.

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Mr. Rooter Plumbing Pittsburgh



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