South Jersey Plumbers: Article About All About Sump Pumps
A sump is a dip or hollow space in or around your home where liquid collects. A sump pump is a suction device that keeps the sump clear of water. Inside your basement or crawl space, standing water can damage cement or flooring. It can overflow to the point of flooding, ruining any items you store in your basement. Standing water can cause your home's foundation to deteriorate. It also provides the perfect home for breeding mosquitoes.
If you detect such wet areas, call your South Jersey plumbers for an estimate on sump pump installation. They can judge whether such a device will help your situation. More than half of American homes have moisture problems in those areas that are below ground level. The areas are ripe for mold or mildew growth, which threatens the health of the entire family.
When correctly installed, a sump pump sits in a specially constructed pit at the lowest level of the home. The pit is lined with gravel for good drainage. Typically, the pump kicks on when the water level in the pit rises, activating a float sensor. The sump pump siphons off water and routs it into a drainage pipe that carries it outside.
Sump pumps are built on one of two models. A submersible pump sits in the sump water. It takes in liquid through a screened opening in the bottom of the unit and pumps it out a drainpipe mounted on top. A pedestal-type pump raises the unit safely above the water, pulling it into an inlet pipe and out the drain channel.
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The pedestal pump is the less expensive version, but the submersible is quieter.
In some areas, the law requires homes to have sump pumps. If your county has no such regulation, you must decide whether to install one. Signs that a sump pump is advisable include moist areas underneath your home, damp or musty smells in the basement, and water stains on the foundation.
Once you have decided to install a sump pump, your best strategy is to leave the installation, plumbing and wiring to the professionals. Your plumber can offer expert advice on what type of unit would work best in your situation and install it according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Once the installation is complete, your sump pump should provide years of trouble-free operation, provided that you periodically complete a few simple maintenance tasks.
Check your pump regularly to ensure the plug is still secure and that the water-safe outlet has not tripped. Ensure the pump is still correctly positioned. During periods when the pump seldom runs, pour a bucketful of water into the sump to confirm that the pump operates normally. If you have a submersible pump, clean out the screen on the bottom so it does not become clogged.
A sump pump is a lifesaver in wet regions of the county. It works automatically to ensure that your home and belongings escape water damage. The benefits of a sump pump far outweigh the initial cost in many situations.