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After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.



Restoration Ideas You're Sure to Love

Tips On Selecting The Right Sump Pump

by Jonathan Lucas

The sump pump is an important piece of equipment in your home when it comes to preventing water damage. While you may not notice your home's sump pump most of the time, it will quickly become the most important piece of equipment in your home if you find yourself facing flooding problems. 

The average homeowner is likely to feel a little perplexed when shopping for the right sump pump. If you keep the following considerations in mind when you're picking out the best option, you should wind up with a sump pump that will be able to handle water removal effectively:

Submersible vs. pedestal

Submersible sump pumps and pedestal sump pumps are the two main types that are available. Submersible pumps are designed to be positioned in a hole situated in the drain of your crawlspace or basement. A pedestal pump is designed to rise up above the water, but the impeller of the sump pump will be located at the bottom and under any accumulated water.

The pedestal sump pump design offers the advantage of keeping the motor dry during operation. This can in some cases improve durability by protecting the motor. However, a well built submersible pump can be even more durable and long lasting than a pedestal pump if it is constructed from a tough material like cast iron. 


The most common horsepower on a sump pump is 1/2 horsepower. This will usually be adequate unless you live in a flood zone where water removal jobs could be extra demanding.

Backup systems

Remember that a storm that causes your home to flood is likely to also affect your power supply. If your home is flooding and your sump pump isn't getting power to run, you're in trouble.

You need to plan for the possibility of a power outage with a backup system. One option is to get a backup battery pack that your sump pump can run off of in a power outage. Another option is to get a second battery-powered sump pump that you can resort to if your power is not working.


When your sump pump is in use, it needs to be able to pump water out faster than water is coming in. The pumping capacity of a primary sump pump should typically be between 30 and 60 gallons per minute.

Some smaller pumps with capacities of only around 20 gallons per minute are sold. You should definitely not purchase a sump pump with such a low capacity. It is likely to prove inadequate if you experience a flood. 

If you have already experienced water damage in your home, contact a professional like Southwest Restoration Inc to take care of the damage before installing a sump pump.