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Things to Think About When Installing a Sump Pump

Ours is a desert community here in South Jordan, UT, but just because it’s dry doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about flooding. Indeed, flooding can often be worse in this area since there’s little to stop the water when a downpour occurs. Local residents can keep their property dry with the installation of a sump pump: placed in their basement and used to pump water out of your home. If you’ve made the decision to install one, congratulations! The next step is to plan and prepare for the installation by working with your technician to answer a few key questions. We’ve outlined the important ones become: something to think about as you move forward.

Placement

The sump pump needs to be placed at the lowest point in your home – usually the basement – where the water can run to it. A pit can be dug to hold the pump and in some cases gutters and troughs can be constructed to channel the water into the pit. But it needs to be placed in a position where it can pull power from your household grid, as well as being able to comfortably eject any water that comes in. That could involve some significant logistics, which your installation technician can help you with.

Capacity

Sump[ pumps tend to measure their capacity in gallons per minute, and the size of the system you need depends largely on specific factors of your home. In a worst case scenario, you need to know how much your pump can handle. A technician can analyze your home and determine the best capacity level to meet your needs.

Head Pressure

This is connected to placement, but has its own specific factors that need to be addressed. It refers to the vertical feet between the sump pump and the ejection spot where the water is pumped out. The pump needs sufficient head pressure to get the water up that vertical space comfortably.

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