A 47 year old sump pump is retired.April 5, 2022
A typical sump pump, when properly installed in a suitable application, can generally be expected to have a useful life of between 7 and 10 years depending on the application. However, from time to time, you may come across an exception to the rule.
When John Bachand and his team at JP Bachand Contracting in Newington, CT replaced an old pump for one of their clients, they discovered one of the older Zoeller models that is no longer in production! This vintage pump is the Zoeller Model 54, which was made until the early 1980s.
The owner informed John's team that he had not changed the pump since he moved into the house in 1976. The man also believed that it was the original pump installed in the house 10 years earlier, in 1966. Knowing that this pump could very well be over 50 years old, John contacted Zoeller to try to verify the date of manufacture. When the photos were reviewed by Zoeller's team, they determined that the bomb was only 3 years away from 50; 47, actually, and the engine was still running! After this small but sturdy sump pump was removed, its place was taken by a Zoeller Pump Company Model 53.®, which is, John informed the team, “the only pump we have used in 35 years in business.”
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