Installing a Sump Pump Over the Holidays
Every year, it seems harder and harder to shop for some people’s Christmas gifts. Some people just seem to have everything or, at the very least, want very little. This means that friends and family have to think outside the box to find a gift that can be meaningful instead of just good enough to fulfill an obligation.
An outside-of-the-box idea for a Christmas gift is a new sump pump. Homeowners with sump pumps will love the originality and helpfulness of such a gift. The truth is that homes equipped with sump pumps need to be protected from the excess water that their sump systems handle. Here is a handy guide to get started for those on the market for a sump pump as a gift or for themselves.
Why are Sump Pumps Important?
Sump pumps are crucial to the health of certain properties. Sump pumps are engineered specifically to deal with excess water that threatens a basement or foundation of a home. Sump pumps are commonly found in basements, used to pump sewage upward to a sewer line and landscaping where rainwater runoff tends to pool or wash away soil from a foundation.
When sump pumps fail, the results can be disastrous. Most often flooding is the direct result since water, or sewage, can’t be pumped away. In the case of a sewage sump pump, sewage will backup and fill an existing space like the basement. This is why it is always crucial that sump systems are reliable and functioning.
Types of Sump Pumps
Different sump pump styles are used for different applications. Along with different applications, each style of sump pump has pros and cons. The options for sump pumps are:
- Submersible Sump Pump: Submersible sump pumps sit in a sump pump basin with the entire motor and pump housing submersed in fluid. They are quiet and reliable but can be a repair or replacement mess.
- Pedestal Sump Pump: The pump housing on these sump pumps is submersed, but the motor is up out of the sump pit. This makes these sump pumps louder, but they are generally cheaper.
- Combination Sump Pump: Combination sump pumps offer total security for a home with primary and secondary sump pumps.
When considering a sump pump for a gift, it is a good idea to research what pump is already used in a home and find a suitable replacement.
Back Up Sump Pumps
Sump pumps do important work protecting a home from excess water. This means there should be no opportunity for failure. Unfortunately, too many homeowners will only find out their sump pump has failed once the property has flooded. That’s why every sump pump should have a backup or secondary sump pump.
Secondary sump pumps should be in place in every location where a sump pump is located. Most models have some type of alarm system to indicate the failure of the primary pump. Additionally, a secondary sump pump should have a backup battery system to operate even during a power outage.
About All Pro Plumbing
All Pro Plumbing has over 25 years of experience protecting local homes from floods with sump pump installation and repairs. Their award-winning service is available 24 hours a day for emergency plumbing service. Call today for superior sump pump service in Lakeland, FL.