Be sure your pumps are properly designed and installed
Just because you installed a pump doesn’t mean you have installed the right pump. With the thousands of pumps available off the shelf, it’s critical you know what kind of pump you need before installing, ie: how much you need to pump in a specific amount of time? how much back pressure will be applied to that pump? You will also need to ensure the pump has been sized properly by a trained professional, in order for the system to be effective.
Invest in a back-up pump
Having only one pump is a disaster waiting to happen. A mechanically-operated pump is subject to failure due to wear, debris jamming, or a build-up of iron oxide. A backup pump will ensure water is pumped away from your home in the event your primary pump gets jammed or stops working entirely.
Include a high level alarm
A high-level alarm will alert you should water levels rise too high. A high-level alarm indicates when groundwater is exceeding critical levels so you can plan accordingly. This is the main piece of equipment that tells you that something is wrong with your system. You could have a failed pump, or have too much ground water during a heavy rain event. If groundwater around your home is rising faster than your system can cope, you’ll need a more robust system.
Rely on duplex panels
Duplex panels control the programmable logic center for your pumps. They function by cycling the work back and forth between your pumps so each gets equal wear. This basically means you’re getting double the benefit of your pumps and your system will last twice as long. Duplex panels can also be designed so an alarm is triggered when one of your pumps fails. Most pumps typically last for up to ten years, depending on cycle time and run time. Duplex panels can track that cycle and run time so you can make an informed decision on when your pumps should be replaced.