Many people aren’t sure what a sump pump is or why it’s needed. In fact, they may know they need to install a sump pump but aren’t sure where to turn.
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A sump pump protects the basement floor against water and flood damage. It features a motor unit with a check valve to sense the pressure and water level, pumping water from one area to discharge it in another away from the house.
Overall, a sump pump prevents basement flooding and moisture on the walls. Otherwise, water could cause damage to your home’s infrastructure and your personal possessions.
Generally, sump pumps are subterranean and placed in a sump basin upside down on your basement floor. You need one if your basement walls like to build up water, or it floods often.
You could have a water-powered sump pump that only turns on when there’s water flow present. It pumps the liquid to a discharge pipe and into a water drain below the floor.
The water drains into the sump pit and gets pumped out. There are several options available, and most include a sump pump alarm to let you know if something’s wrong with the check valve.
There’s generally a sump pump filter and a pump plug to keep things running smoothly.
A pedestal sump pump features two parts (the pedestal pump and the motor). They’re less expensive and are often the primary pump of choice.
Typically, pedestal pumps are louder, and the motors aren’t waterproof because they sit over the basin and don’t get submerged. They also take up more space and have a longer lifespan.
Submersible sump pumps have a pump and motor in the same unit and are the classic styling. Generally, a combination sump pump gets submerged in the pump basin to reduce noise and save space. They handle large amounts of water.
Still, submersible pumps have shorter lifespans and are harder to reach for repairs and maintenance.
When hiring someone to install a sump pump, make sure they are:
We don’t recommend installing a sump pump yourself because it’s dangerous. It’s often better to deal with standing water and a wet basement by hiring a plumber. We can check the crawl space and ensure that your sump pits are working correctly.
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