Sump pumps prevent basements from flooding in locations where the water table is above a building’s foundation or during heavy rains. Typically, the pump is submerged in a “wet well” or sump pit. When the water reaches a set level, it triggers a float switch, which activates the pump and diverts water from the well to the building’s exterior. Investing in a commercial sump pump can help you avoid thousands of dollars in damage to your building, furniture, fixtures, and inventory.
In addition to choosing a pump with sufficient horsepower and gallons-per-hour pumping capability, it’s important to consider quality of materials. Commercial/industrial sump pumps are built for long-term, heavy-duty use with specially treated cast iron exteriors, stainless steel internal components, and fewer seals and gaskets that are prone to failure. They usually require 3-phase power and operate at high voltages. Much like critical data centers have “redundant” servers in the case of a power failure, many business-owners choose to install multiple sump pumps to ensure reliability.
Commercial sump pump installations involve significant expertise in all phases, including digging a sump pit of adequate depth and diameter, related interior and exterior plumbing work, effective placement of the trigger switch, necessary electrical connections, decisions about backup systems, and more. Once installed, it’s important to regularly test your pump and engage in routine preventive maintenance.
Choosing and properly installing a commercial/industrial sump pump is a complex task that requires a knowledgeable, experienced partner. Maplewood Plumbing and Sewer has been installing sump pumps in St. Louis restaurants and commercial buildings for more than 30 years. Contact us today at 314-645-6350 or here for more information or to
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