The Role of Sump Pumps

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The Role of Sump Pumps

Water problems and flooding are not uncommon occurrences in basements. But with the addition of a sump pump, the chances of these issues getting out of hand and causing costly water damage go down significantly. If your property is encountering flooding problems and you’re actively looking for solutions, Plumbing One can help. We are the preferred plumber in Canal Winchester, OH

Today, we put the spotlight on sump pumps and how they can benefit you and your property.

What Is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a small submersible equipment located in a sump pit at a property’s lowest portion, which is usually the basement. The pump is an important backup and preventative device designed to direct water away from your property in case of rains or heavy floods.

How It Works

A sump pump is a device typically installed by your preferred plumbing company in the sump pit, or the lowest part, of your basement. It sits dormant most of the time until the float sensor or the float activator arm “senses” that the water level has reached a certain point. How this happens is when storms and heavy rains start, the soil around the home’s basement is saturated with the excess water.

The pump will then “push” the water up to the discharge pipe, making sure that the water goes elsewhere safer and more stable than the home’s foundation.

How It Helps

The sump pump is the ounce of prevention that saves the homeowner from the pound of cure in the form of extensive water damage and costly repairs and restoration, effectively reducing the chances of an emergency plumbing situation. A sump pump in working order will:

  • Keep basements dry and mildew away – As designed, a sump pump switches on when water starts filling the pump pit, taking it outside and keeping moisture and mildew at bay.
  • Act as an alert – Some systems can alert the owner remotely about the need for emergency plumbing and the danger of flooding if the pump fails to perform.
  • Keep the surrounding soil stable – As sump pumps also keep the soil around buildings stable, particularly buildings in aquifer areas, they also guard against building destabilization.
  • Protect appliances – Sump pumps help keep basements clear of water and as a result, typical basement appliances like dryers or washers free of corrosion.
  • Prevent extensive damage – Sump pumps also prevent extensive and costly damage from flooding, thus, helping you avoid plumbing repairs.

If you’re interested in getting a sump pump for your home or have problems with an existing sump pump, give Plumbing One a call or fill out the online form today.

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