Why Installing a Sump Pump May Be the Perfect Gift for the Holidays
With the holiday season in full swing, many homeowners are gleefully making their wishlists for everything they want for their homes. This means handy kitchen appliances like a breadmaker or air fryer for some. Others may want to treat themselves to a shower upgrade or a new smart toilet. But for many homeowners, the best gift is one they may not know they need – a new sump pump!
Sump pumps may not be as much fun as those other home additions, but they can help prevent flooding and water damage in the event of a storm or burst water pipe – they’re truly the gift that keeps on giving! Homeowners can read on to learn how sump pumps work, what to consider when choosing one, and the benefits of installing a backup sump pump.
Why Sump Pumps Are So Important
Sump pumps are designed to reduce the risk of flooding in underground sections of a home, like basements, crawl spaces, and cellars. Excess water from the home’s foundation drainage pipes or some other incidental source (snowmelt, heavy rain, pipe leaks, etc.) will collect in a bucket-sized hole in the floor called a sump pit (also known as a sump pump basin).
If the water in the sump pit reaches a certain level, it will trigger a switch and turn on the pump. The water will then be pumped out of the pit via a discharge pipe, releasing it a safe distance from the home’s foundation.
Without a sump pump, any influx of water into the home can go unchecked and cause massive damage, from foundation erosion and wood rot to mold growth and ruined property. They can not only save the day in the event of an emergency but also help manage moisture levels caused by excess groundwater or drainage issues.
Types of Sump Pumps
When choosing a sump pump, there are numerous options on the market. They can be categorized by size, horsepower, and complexity – some even have WiFi capability so that homeowners can get service reminders and high water alerts on their smartphones! But among all the variations, sump pumps can generally be broken down into two categories – submersible pumps and pedestal pumps.
As the name suggests, submersible sump pumps are installed inside the sump basin and are designed to operate underwater. This makes them harder to access for maintenance, but it also makes them quieter and more discreet. Submersible pumps also tend to cost more than pedestal pumps but are more effective, especially when removing any debris that makes its way into the sump pit.
On the other hand, pedestal sump pumps are installed with the motor and main housing sitting above the sump pit, with an impeller extending down into the basin to capture the water. Because the engine is above ground, pedestal pumps are noisier than submersible models, but they’re also easier to maintain. Although they have drawbacks in terms of aesthetics and power, pedestal pumps are less expensive and well-suited to homes with smaller sump pits.
Consider Installing a Backup or Secondary Pump
Another type of sump pump to consider is the backup (aka “secondary”) pump. Installed side by side with the primary pump, a backup sump pump is a sort of failsafe or insurance policy for the home. Suppose the primary pump fails due to an internal issue or power outage. In that case, the backup pump will turn on and remove water until the water level goes below a certain threshold.
Installing a sump pump will go a long way in preventing water damage and flooding, but a battery backup sump pump is the last line of defense against these dangers. If the home’s power gets knocked out by a storm, or the primary pump breaks down while the homeowners are out of the house, a backup pump can prevent disaster!
If homeowners already have a primary pump but no backup system, a battery backup sump pump may be just the gift they need this year. And if they’re replacing an old sump pump or installing one for the first time, they can even opt for a combination sump pump, which contains both a primary and a backup pump. But no matter what they choose, homeowners should always talk to a professional to ensure that their new sump pump meets their needs and is properly installed!
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