What is a Sump Pump?

Sump pumps are small pumps that work to keep a structure dry by preventing flooding. In most cases, people install them in the lowest section of their homes such as a crawlspace or a basement. Often, sump pumps are placed inside a sump pit that’s dug for the pump specifically. Several different kinds of sump pumps are available. This type of device usually lasts for 10 to 15 years.

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

Depending on how water enters a structure, drains may be added along the perimeter of a basement, crawlspace or exterior of a home. As water makes its way from the drains into the sump pit, the pump ejects it away from the building, keeping the interior dry. Most sump pumps function quietly. In fact, the only thing that you’re likely to notice is a low-level hum when it pumps water away from your home. The device is affordable and worth the peace of mind that it brings.

Sump Pump Types

Submersible and pedestal sump pumps are the two main types. Submersible pumps feature a special motor that is entirely immersed in oil. This provides the lubrication that the pump needs to last for years. Because the sump pump is in a sealed container, dust and moisture are unable to enter it, which extends the lifespan of the pump. The setup is safer too because children and pets are unable to come into contact with the exterior motor housing. This protects them since the motor can become hot.

Pedestal sump pumps come with a motor that is connected to a column. To operate and pump water, the device uses a drive shaft. This type of sump pump is typically less expensive than submersible ones. But, since the motor part of it is open to keep it cool, this piece of the pump will be exposed to the moisture and dust that is usually present in basements and crawlspaces. Because of this, pedestal sump pumps may not last as long as submersible pumps. They’re also noisier.

Taking Care of Your Sump Pump

To make sure that your sump pump lasts for as long as possible, spring for sump pump maintenance checks. This is something that should be done annually. A maintenance technician will inspect and test the device to make sure that it is working properly. He or she will inspect the pit to see if debris is interfering with the unit’s functionality. The technician will also pour a few gallons of water into the sump pump pit to confirm that the pump is expelling water as it should. If it isn’t, he or she will check for blockages or operating problems.

The Benefits of a Sump Pump

When water floods into your home, it may cause costly damage. By installing a sump pump, you can prevent this disaster from happening. Also, you won’t have to worry about mold and mildew growth. If you need a sump pump installed or service for an existing one, then contact us at Aqua Solutions, LLC. We have the expertise to handle your sump pump needs.

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