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 encounter 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 Zoeller's oldest models that isn't even in production anymore! This vintage pump is Zoeller's model 54, which was manufactured until the early 1980s.

The homeowner 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. With the knowledge that this pump It could very well be over 50 years old, John contacted Zoeller to try to verify the manufacturing date. When the photos were reviewed by Zoeller's team, they determined that the bomb was only 3 years shy of 50; 47, actually, and the engine was still running! After removing this small but sturdy sump pump, its place was taken by a model 53 from Zoeller Pump Company.®, that is, John informed the team, “the only pump we have used in 35 years in business.”

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