Heavy rains and summer floods are reasonably common in our part of the world, and while civic services usually do a very good job of containing the damage, that doesn’t always apply to your home. The installation of a sump pump in your basement or similar area can do wonders for keeping your property safe and secure when flooding becomes an issue. A qualified plumber can guide you through the steps and ensure that you have the right type of sump pump for you.
How Does It Work?
Sump pumps are placed at the lowest point in your home — usually the basement — where floodwaters will gather when the rains get too heavy. Some models are placed on stands, while others are submerged in sump pits. As the waters gather, the pump activates, pulling the excess water into is and ejecting it out of your home via a pipe. Sump pits are preferable in most cases because they’re not intrusive and the floodwaters have a place to gather. In addition, you should look for a sump pump with an automatic start-up feature so that it will function the moment it detects the floodwaters, even if you’re out of town or asleep at the time.
The benefits of such a unit are self-evident. With a sump pump in place, flooding and water damage in your home will be kept to an absolute minimum, and in many cases will be eliminated entirely. Not only does that eliminate a great deal of worry from the prudent homeowner’s mind, but it can help reduce your insurance premiums a great deal: offsetting the cost of the sump pump and easing the strain on your pocketbook in the bargain.
What Does It Require?
The power levels of a sump pump need to be taken into consideration, since it will need to be able to eject the water faster than the water comes flooding in. A trained technician can help make that estimation based on the location and features of your house. The ejection pipe will need to be placed carefully to ensure that the floodwaters can be removed safely, and you’ll need to ensure that the sump pump has access to the power it needs to operate, usually by connecting to the power grid in your home.
That can be a tricky balancing act in many cases, depending on the specifics of your home. Again, that’s why a trained plumbing technician is essential to handling the issue the right way. They can consult with you about placement, power requirements, make and model or the sump pump, then perform the installation with care and consideration. It will take a great deal of worry out of your mind, and the same technician will likely be available for maintenance duties and repairs when necessary.
If a sump pump sounds like a good fit for your Broomall, PA home and you’d like to talk to an expert about your options, the friendly pros at Murphy’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are standing by!