One of the most important devices you can use to protect your property from damaging floodwater is a sump pump. Normally located in the basements of homes and buildings, this vital system is used to pump excess water out of an area, where it is safely relocated outdoors. Whether a pipe bursts or inclement weather begins to create heavy rains in your area, a sump pump will ensure that your home or commercial property is safe. If you are looking to repair a malfunctioning sump pump, need to replace a broken system, or want to install a more effective unit, the professionals at Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC are here to help.
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Why do you need a sump pump, and what are its benefits?
The main purpose of a sump pump is that it will protect your property from floods. The sump pump is typically installed in the basement. When floodwaters enter a residential or commercial property, it is the basement that will be on the front lines of its defense. Floodwaters will come into the lowest level of your property first, and you must have an effective sump pump installed in order to protect your home or building, as rising water will eventually spread to other areas.
What are the most common systems?
There are many different types of sump pumps to choose from. You need to know the differences between them in order to pick out the right pump for your home or building. A very popular system is the submersible sump pump. A submersible sump pump is designed to be down in the water, which comes in handy if it rushes into your basement quickly.
On the other hand, there are pedestal sump pumps that are designed to operate above the water. These are generally less expensive, but they are not recommended if you live in an area that is subject to flash floods.
Sewage pumps can be used like a traditional sump pump, but that is not their primary purpose. Sewage pumps are designed to pump the wastewater in a property out to the septic tank.
Battery backup sump pumps are the smartest choice for home and commercial property owners. A battery backup sump pump will keep pumping even if the power happens to go out. This is a very handy feature. Many times, a large storm will bring power outages along with it, rendering a system without a battery backup inoperative.
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What are common problems with these units?
Power failure is probably the most common problem that will affect a sump pump. That is why it is so crucial to get a sump pump that has a battery backup feature.
Another common problem a sump pump can face is when the switch on the unit gets stuck. If the switch on a sump pump becomes stuck, it can prevent the device from turning on when you need it.
Sump pumps can fail if they get overwhelmed by floodwater. Every sump pump has a limited capacity of water that it can pump. That is why it is very important to consult with our plumbing experts to determine the right size pump for your property.