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Sump Pumps

Do you need a sump pump?

Sump pumps are used to remove water by collecting it in a sump basin and sending it from a basement into a discharge line and away from your home.  If your home is below the water table the chance of flooding in your basement or lower level is great.  To avoid spending thousands of dollars to repair water damage to your lower level consider having a sump installed.  Even if it is above the water table storms that bring heavy rains can still saturate the ground and water can find its way into your basement.  Basement flooding is a homeowner’s worst nightmare.

sump pumps to avoid flooded basement

Sump pumps work automatically and are installed in the basement of the home.  What usually triggers the pump can be one of the following:

  • Pressure Switch: senses the amount of pressure in the water as it rises.
  • Float Switch: a float attaches to the pump that sits on the water surface as the level of the water rises the pump turns on.
  • Diaphragm Switch: like the human diaphragm this switch flips in and out when pressure rises.
  • Electronic Switch: senses the water pressure in the basin as the water rises so does the pressure.

Types of Sump Pump

There are two types of sump pumps: pedestal and submersible.  The pedestal unit has a motor mounted above the sump and is easy to service but also in plain sight.  This type of pump lasts longer, 25 to 30 years if kept free of debris.  They are also less expensive but noisier.  The second type of sump pump is the submersible.  These pumps are more expensive and only last 5 to 15 years.  This motor is mounted completely inside the sump and is sealed so it usually does not clog.  An added plus is it’s quieter to run.

Lastly, consider a battery back-up regardless of which pump you choose.  To provide extra security from flooding the battery back-up allows your sump pump to operate if the power goes out.  Since flooding often occurs during storms and storms can knock out power this is an important consideration for your system.  They work by a float switch in the basin triggering the battery to run the sump when the water rises.

Sump Pumps not only prevent water damage to your home they can keep your family safe by eliminating excess moisture in the home. Wet or damp basements create an environment for mold and mildew growth.  The American Lung Association states that excess moisture in the home can trigger asthma, allergies, and other upper respiratory problems.  You can go to their website for more information.

Contact Owings Mechanical if you have further questions regarding a sump pump for your home.