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How Does a Sump Pump Work?

Drain and Sewer, Plumbing

A sump pump is a device which can keep your basement from flooding, an event that can happen in any area at any time. Sump pumps are particularly important in areas prone to floods or homes in areas with high water tables. But many homes can benefit from a sump pump, as flooding can damage the foundation of your home, lead to mold development, and ruin valuable items.

In order to ensure that your sump pump works properly, you should schedule service with a professional. You want to make sure that your sump pump operates when you need it to, which is why regular maintenance and professional installation and repairs are so crucial. Let’s look at how these home plumbing components function.

Two Types of Sump Pumps

In general, all sump pumps function in a similar manner. The pump is installed in the lowest portion of the basement, so that water moves into a pit as the basement begins to flood. As water fills up the pit, a lever begins to raise, signaling the unit to switch on. A motor powers an impeller, which starts a pumping action that forces water out of the pit as it fills and into the drainage system.

There are generally two types of sump pumps which you can select from: pedestal sump pumps and submersible sump pumps. A pedestal pump perches over the pit and a hose leads into it, while a submersible pump has a waterproof encasement that allows it to stay in the pit. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Submersible pumps are quiet, for example, but pedestal pumps may be more durable.

Choose Professionals for Installation

Setting up the drainage system for a sump pump is complicated, and a thorough inspection of the unit is necessary to make sure that everything is in good working order. Why risk flooding with a subpar sump pump installation? Make sure professionals set up your system and provide the services necessary to keep it around for many years.

Call the plumbing professionals at Advanced Home Services for sump pump installation or service in Pocatello, ID.


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