Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What is a Sump Pump?

Concealed in the deepest corner of your basement or cellar, your sump pump is mainly unnoticeable, but could be the most crucial home appliance in your house.

Basically your sump pump removes ground water from beneath your house. Without it, water coming up from the ground, or flowing in from a heavy rain can flood your basement or even your entire home.

The pump normally sits in a pit built into your basement floor or crawlspace. The concrete floor is poured a little downhill when your house is developed so that any liquid will stream right into that pit. The sump pump ejects the water out of the house. The pump is at the bottom of the sump hole and has a switch that is activated automatically by the water level. When you have water in your basement, because of the slant towards it, the water runs into the pit and the pump is activated and pumps the water out of the pit through a discharge pipe to the exterior.

Do I Need a Sump Pump?

If you’ve ever wondered, "What is a sump pump?" then you’re lucky, because you probably don’t need one. But for the unlucky owners of wet basements, then yes, you will need one.  There are many different types of Simp Pump available, so below I'll add some detail to each.

Pedestal Pumps

A pedestal pump is one of the most common types of sump pump. This type of pump has a  motor mounted on to a small pedestal. The entire unit usually stands about 30 inches tall. A hose or a pipe extends down from the motor to the bottom of the pit.  When the pump is activated by the rising water level, the water is sucked up through the hose and ejected through another pipe.

Submersible Pumps

Another type of sump pump is a submersible pump. These are typically much smaller and are approx about 12 inches tall and they sit in the bottom of the sump pit. Some submersible sump pumps have a float switch on a rod just like the pedestal pump, but these examples the rod is much smaller at about 4 inches (100mm) long. The electrical switch itself is encased in a hard plastic bubble and as the water level in the sump rises, the bubble floats. When it floats high enough as to reach an almost vertical position above the pump, the switch is activated and the pump kicks on.

Ejector Pumps

Should you be in a situation where you need to be able to eject some small debris, then an ejector pump will do that. If you have a crawlspace that is not concrete, but perhaps just pea gravel,  an ejector pump that can handle small debris is going to be the best solution for you. Being a little pricier, ejector pumps are usually constructed of cast iron and have a 2-inch ejector port instead of the smaller, standard 1 ¼-inch port that you find on most of the other types of sump pumps. This wider pipe width/diameter and also having a different style of impeller (pump) allows these pumps to process small pieces of gravel and debris without mechanism being damaged.

Read this Sump Pump Review to find out which Sump Pump is the best fit for you:

Friday, April 1, 2016

Survival Food from Jim Bakker

Knee-deep in the idea that World War III is going to start any minute now, Jim Bakker says you need to buy survival food from him. Is WWIII going to start this month? Probably not. Is Jim Bakker on a mad cash grab to pull funds from novice preppers? I’d bet money on that.  

Source: Survival Food from Jim Bakker by Ryan Kilburn via Ready Tribe - Don't Just Survive, Thrive!.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Facebook is Destroying Your Sleep Patterns

Though it might seem like a no-brainer when you hear that social media is ruining the amount of sleep that people get, it doesn’t change the fact that social sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are having a terrible impact on some users’ ability to sleep. Thankfully, this only applies to people who’re spending an

Source: Facebook is Destroying Your Sleep Patterns by Ryan Kilburn via Ready Tribe - Don't Just Survive, Thrive!.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Solar Oven Prepping – Why Eat Cold Pork n Beans if You Don’t Have To?

Right now solar oven use is booming. They are becoming more and more popular both as a survival tool as well as for everyday cooking. This is because the traditional camp stove or barbecue uses propane, gas, charcoal or some other form of fuel to cook with. These fuels can be costly, can be dangerous

Don’t be Left in the Dark – Why you Need an Emergency Power Generator

A fact that worries me is that in the last 10 years, power failures have become more and more common.  These power failures are happening because of the self same reasons, again and again.  Extreme weather, ageing utility equipment and higher than expected demands for electricity.  Power outages are happening because of these and a

Source: Don’t be Left in the Dark – Why you Need an Emergency Power Generator first published via Ready Tribe - Don't Just Survive, Thrive!.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


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