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As the leading provider of pumps and pump control systems, we feel it imperative to convey that, despite popular belief, no two pumps are ever the same.

The truth is that the difference between two models can be significant.

Regardless of the model you choose, there are primarily two different types of sump pumps: plastic and iron. Both of these have their own ups and downs. In this blog post, we conduct a comparative analysis of both to help identify which one is suitable for your specific needs:

Lifespan and Durability

Whether you choose iron or plastic sump pumps, both will show signs of wear over time. While cast iron pumps may erode, plastic pumps may start to turn yellow and brittle.

It is important to know that plastic sump pumps typically have a plastic impeller. The impeller is the part that pushes the water through, pressurizing it and sending it through the discharge outlet.

Naturally, plastic impellers are much easier to damage compared to cast iron impellers. On the other hand, in case rocks or debris are pulled into the pump, they may immediately damage the impeller to the extent where the pump may fail.

Heat Dispersal Capability

All types of sump pumps generate a lot of heat over time. If the heat is unable to disperse appropriately, it may cause the motor to break down. The pump that is best able to resist overheating will also be the most probable one to operate without failure.

Among the many factors that help enhance the cooling ability of sump pump systems, one is submergible pumps. They can be submerged in water to enhance its cooling ability. A sump pump with cast iron housing will be able to disperse heat from the motor, making up for a longer lifespan.

Value and Cost

Plastic spare parts cost less compared to cast iron parts. This means that plastic pumps will inherently cost less. As the pump is much lighter, it will also be shipped at relatively lower prices.

However, when looking around for sump pumps, it is imperative to remember that you will repair and replace parts more than often over the pump’s lifespan. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid considering the cost and consider the value instead.

When you consider value, a cast iron pump may outlast many plastic sump pumps, making it a better option. If you are looking for a long-term investment rather than a short fix, go for cast iron sump pumps.

There you go! A cast iron pump is the perfect option for a variety of different applications. Check out our collection of cast iron pumps today. Feel free to get in touch with us at 262-757-1110.

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