If you live in an area where rainfall is common and heavy, like here in Seattle, then chances are your modern household has a sump pump and backup system installed. Typically, the sump pump is installed at the lowest point in your home, which is often the basement. With excessive rainfall, it’s only a matter of time before water enters your home and begins flooding. Your sump pump, when professionally installed and maintained, will prevent such a tragedy.
Purpose of a Sump Pump
If your home is situated in a floodplain, a sump pump is not only idea but almost required. Water that gathers in the sump pit or basement of your home can cause extensive damage over time. We’re talking about structural damage that is costly to repair and dangerous to ignore. If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, a sump pump is critical.
The sump pump operates by removing water accumulated in the pit or sump, which is specially designed and crafted during installation. The pump also provides the added benefit of clearing moisture that has gathered, which is often equally as damaging to your home and belongings.
Now, a sump pump is not a do-it-yourself job. You will require a professional plumber or contractor to handle the task.
Types of Sump Pumps
There are numerous types of sump pumps available. The most common being submersible and pedestal sump pumps. As the name suggests, a submersible pump sits under the water line, where the water gathers within the sump. The engine remains sealed inside to protect against water damage and debris accumulation.
A pedestal pump is generally ideal for smaller sumps and homes. The pump engine is outside the unit, without protection from water. However, this makes the unit serviceable for years to come.