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Sump Pump Systems - Your Flooding Saviors

Flooded Basement with rubber duck

flooded-basement-john-c-floodIt's going to get wet, really wet the next 24-36 hours and if there is way to get into your home heavy rain will find it you can count on that.

A sump pump is probably one of the best investments a homeowner could make to save thousands in repair costs. There is nothing worse than waking up after a heavy rain storm and finding your basement is flooded. Sump pumps are vital to have because if water is left standing, extensive structural damage to the walls and floors can be the result not to mention possibly damage to furniture, electronics and more. Another potentially bad result of basement flooding is the due to stagnant and damp conditions can become a health hazard for families. The wet area will attract potentially disease-carrying bugs and other creatures. And, in more damp locations, mildew and mold begin to grow.

When it comes to sump pump systems, there are basically two major types. The pedestal sump pump and the submersible sump pump. The pedestal sump pump has the motor situated on a small pedestal. A pipe leads downward from the motor on the pedestal to the bottom of the sump pump pit. In the pit, a float is attached to a stand-alone metal rod that is attached to a switch on the pump.

In the case when a basement floods, the water will begin to flow into the sump pit. As the water rises to the top, the float will rise too until it is high enough to activate the switch on the sump pump. At this point, the water is sucked into the pipe and flows into a different hose or pipe that leads to the septic (sewer) system. Unlike the submersible sump pump, the pedestal sump pump motor does not go under water. Because this style pump is not submersed it may continue to operate for as long as 25 to 30 years.

The second sump pump, the submersible pump, is designed to be submersed or placed under water. The submersible sump pump does not have attached pipes that draw water out. Water is surged through the bottom of the sump pump. The submersible sump pump generally has a durable plastic bubble that surrounds the electric switch. At the bottom of the pump there is a filter that prevents debris and gravel from being sucked into the sump pumps impeller. The impeller is a device on the sump pump that initiates suction. It's such an important part of the sump pump that if it were to ever get damaged, the entire sump pump would need to be replaced. A submersible is out of sight and earshot, an important advantage if the basement is used as a primary living area. It's also much safer if there are children in the house. Submersible sump pumps are typically 2-3x more expensive than pedestal pumps and because submersibles sit in water a good deal of the time, they have a life span of from 5 to 15 years.

When a basement floods and the water rises, the bubble floats to a specific level above the pump. Once this occurs, the switch is activated on the pump, and the pump begins to suck and drain the water out of the basement.

A sump pump is generally wired to a home's central electrical system. In cases of storms, a home's power supply could be out for a while. Therefore, it is important to have a backup power supply such as a standby generator or backup battery system so that your sump pump can continue to work even when the electricity is out during a storm. The sump pump must be capable of working even when it does not have the assistance of electricity to keep it working.

If you have flooding issues contact a Sump Pump installation specialist today. Trust me, you will be happy you did.