Lowe's has a Water Ace submersible sump pump for a bit less than $100. I
saw a Zoeller one on the web that looks pretty robust. Any opinions on
these brands? Has anyone here used the Zoeller M53 Might Mate? Thanks.
I ended up with a Master Plumber one from the hardware store. I spent
twenty minutes talking to the store person, who assured me this 1/3HP
submersible would be fine for my stupid ol' house with a dinky
13.5x9.25" sump hole that's only 10.5 inches deep. When I got home and
read the instructions, it said I'm supposed to have 24" minimum depth. I
called him back and he said as long as the floor slopes toward the hole
and it's deep enough for enough water to make the float rise, it should
be fine. He said I could test it in a 10.5" inch deep bucket or the sink
if I want, and I can bring it back if it doesn't seem to be the right
thing. Any thoughts on this? Sometimes I wish I were renting again (in
an apartment that's on the second floor with no basement to deal with
personally). Anyway, am I doomed to either get another pedestal one or
have something dig the whole deeper? I hope not, because I had to count
pennies to buy the pump alone.
email@example.com (m Ransley) wrote:
I don't know anything about Water Ace pumps, but I have a Zoeller M53 Mighty
Mate pump in my house now. It's been there for 14 years, and I've never had
a problem with it, and the sump pump runs A LOT at my house. It's very
quiet, and the fact that it's got a cast iron housing means that it's heavy
enough that it won't 'walk' along the bottom of the sump crock due to
vibration when it turns on/off. I've seen this happen a lot with the newer
plastic pumps. Zoeller pumps are sold at some retail outlets under the
"Hi-Lo" brand name. I don't know if the construction is identical between
the Hi-Lo and Zoeller branded pumps, but they look exactly the same except
that the Hi-Lo pumps are painted black, whereas the Zoeller pumps are
painted green. If anyone knows if there's any differences between these
two, I'd love to know. I've never seen a Zoeller pump for sale in any store
around here. I get the impression they're only sold to professionals
typically, but I'm not sure.
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