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While rain is great for preserving the landscape and the water supply, it can be concerning for homes. Why? Because rain accumulates over time and occasionally loves to collect inside homes. Of course, this refers to the possibility of flooding. Fortunately, one highly practical piece of plumbing equipment can significantly lower the likelihood that a home will turn into a giant wading pool: the sump pump.

Why Homeowners Should Have a Sump Pump pump

For sump pumps to work, water flows into pits that have been expressly built to house sump pumps beneath the main surface of the basement or lowest part of a home. Most sump pumps include an automated floatation switch that, when the water level rises to a specific level, triggers the device to turn on and start moving water away from the home to prevent flooding. 

A hose pumps the water outdoors to a location where it can drain away from the home’s foundation, helping to prevent structural integrity issues and water damage. Besides the damage sump pumps can help prevent, they also help prevent mold growth and insect infestations that can occur due to the moisture that accompanies flooding. Electricity is the primary power source for sump pumps, but backup battery systems are important in case of a power loss.

Main Types of Sump Pumps

pumps The two most common types of sump pumps are the pedestal sump pump and the submersible sump pump. Pedestal sump pumps have a motor that sits above the water, while submersible sump pumps have motors that can be completely submerged in the water. 

Pedestal sump pumps are easier to install and maintain, as they require less work to access their parts for repairs or replacements because the motors aren't located in the sump basin. However, pedestal sump pumps are noisier than submersible pumps and can be susceptible to damage from water splashing on the motor.

On the other hand, submersible sump pumps are quieter and provide better protection from water damage because they are more powerful and entirely submerged in the water. However, they are more challenging to install and maintain as the motor parts must be accessed by taking the pump out of the sump basin. They also typically don’t last as long as pedestal sump pumps. 

Ultimately, the decision of which type of sump pump to use will depend on the individual situation; both kinds of sump pumps have pros and cons. It is best to consult a professional for advice on which type of sump pump will be best suited for a home’s needs.

Additional or Backup Sump Pumps

Sump pumps work hard to keep homes dry — after all, it is the last line of defense against significant water damage in the house. And, because its job is so critical, homeowners should have a backup in case it fails, or the power goes out from a storm. A secondary or backup sump pump is helpful if the first fails, but it can also provide relief during heavy rainstorms or snow melts if properly installed. 

Even if the primary system is electric, homeowners can still install a backup battery to prevent flooding and water damage if the power goes out. The best time to install a backup battery is when the primary pump is installed. If that isn't possible, contact a professional plumber because the backup will only be useful if correctly installed.

About Scott Plumbing

Scott Plumbing is an award-winning, family-owned and operated business serving Huntsville, AL, and the surrounding areas. They provide straightforward pricing, same-day service, and on-time arrivals. Call them today for sump pump services in Huntsville, AL.