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All About Sump Pumps  

slightly-used-sump-pumpWhen it comes to flooding and heavy rains, it might seem like there’s little hope for your property. After all, there’s very little anyone can do about the forces of nature. However, sump pumps can do more than a little to help your home suffer from water damage during these harsh conditions. Below, we’ll explain in detail how sump pumps work and the kinds that are available on the market.

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

Imagine a basement, and then imagine what happens to it when water from a flood begins pouring in. Since the basement is the lowest point of the house, gravity will naturally bring the water there—and then what? The only option is to pump all the water out—leaving in its wake significant water damage to the basement and everything in it.

Instead of letting all that water collect in the first place, a sump pump will get right to work at the first sign of a flood. So, here’s how that works:

  1. A pit, called a sump, is dug out at the lowest point of the house. The water will naturally flow to this pit.
  2. The pump is installed inside the sump (hence “sump pump!”).
  3. Once the water reaches a certain part of the sump pump, it activates automatically.
  4. The sump pump gets to work, pumping water out of the sump and into a drainage system.
  5. As long as the flooding doesn’t become extreme, the sump pump will be able to combat the flood and keep the area safe from harm.

What Kinds Are Available?

There are two types of sump pumps commonly installed by plumbers in Park City, UT, and while one isn’t necessarily better than the other, they have their own set of pros and cons.

Main Pumps

Submersible: This type of pump is installed directly in the sump pit. If you anticipate intense conditions, you can even install multiple pumps inside of one pit. However, due to the fact that these pumps receive a lot of contact with the water, they tend to have shorter lifespans than pedestal pumps.

Pedestal: Instead of being submerged in the sump, pedestal sump pumps are placed above it. This makes the pump not just last longer, but also easier to repair and maintain. However, they can be known to perform less efficiently than submersible types.

Back Up Pumps

Battery Powered: In the event that one of your main pumps fails, you can consider installing a battery-powered backup. Their battery helps ensure they’ll be able to kick-in if the power to the main sump pump fails. However, batteries can go bad if they’re unused for too long, so they need to be tested frequently.

Water Powered Pumps: Don’t trust the battery? When these pumps activate, they’ll receive power from your main water line. There’s no need to worry about power outages with these pumps, but they’re strictly for emergencies since they’re slower and use a lot of water.

Do you need a new sump pump? Is it time to have one replaced? Contact At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today to schedule a service.

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