Escape Flooding This Fall with a Sump Pump

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escape flooding this fall with a sump pumpA sump pump is a piece of equipment installed in the basement that is designed to remove accumulated water. Once the water is collected by the sump pump, it sends it through your home’s waste water system. Before visiting your local plumbing supply store to buy a sump pump to install yourself, it is important to know that the installation process is somewhat complicated, so it is highly recommended that you hire a mechanical contractor to do the installation for you.

Where is the Pump Installed?

A sump pit, generally excavated in a central location of the basement floor, is created so the plumber can install the pump below ground level in a position that will still readily allow access for maintenance and drain cleaning. Excavating the pump pit is definitely not a DIY project because it generally requires equipment, such as a jackhammer, to break through the concrete slab.

What Are the Benefits of a Sump Pump?

Preventing flooding is one of the primary reasons to have a plumbing company install a sump pump. Heavy rains can quickly lead to a flood in your basement, sometimes as much as 12-15 inches of flood water on the floor, which can cause significant damage to everything in the basement. There are a number of other reasons why it is beneficial to have a local mechanical contractor install a pump, including:

  • Reduces the risk of mold and mildew. A basement that is continually damp from pools of stagnant water will eventually experience mold and mildew growth, both of which can lead to expensive damages as well as put your family’s health at risk.
  • Reduces the risk of a fire. Flooding is one of the primary causes of electrical fires. Water in your basement can short-circuit appliances that are in the basement, such as water heaters, the furnace and the washer and dryer. A sump pump will reduce the risk of flooding, which may lead to water coming in contact with electrical appliances.

There are basically two major types of sump pumps; a submersible or a pedestal. A submersible pump is made to be submersed (placed under water) and does not have attached piping that draws the water out; instead, the water is surged through the bottom of the pump. With a pedestal pump, the motor is situated on a small pedestal with a pipe that leads downward from the motor to the bottom of the pit. It is best to have a plumbing company come to your home, do an inspection and recommend which type of sump pump will be the best suited for your basement.

If you need help deciding whether or not to install a sump pump in your home, it is essential that you talk with a plumber for a professional opinion. Contact General Plumbing today for more information about the benefits of a sump pump and for an evaluation on whether your home could benefit from a pump installation.