I'm looking at buying a new sump pump over the next week or so. I have it narrowed down to the Rigid 1/2HP vertical float submersible and a Steven's 1/2HP submersible. They both seem to have similar specs, the one difference is the way they measure water flow. The Rigid has a vertical float while the Steven's some type of enclosed piece that is isolated from the water. My question is, how reliable are verticle floats? Is this something I would need to replace out after a few years? I have an older Steven's model now and I don't mind putting the money into another Steven's, but for about $135 less I could get the Rigid. The Steven's comes with a 7ry warranty and the through Home Depot, the Rigid supposidly has a lifetime replacement warranty. Either pump will get a work out as my pit (which is small to begin with 18") fills up very quick (4-5 times a minute) during heave rainstorms.
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