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Why a Sump Pump Should Be On Your Holiday Wishlist This Year

Sump Pump Installation Could Be This Year's Best Holiday Gift!

When most people put together their holiday wishlists, they usually include fun toys or electronics, handy gadgets, or just some new socks. So something as unglamorous or utilitarian as a sump pump may not be at the top of most people's lists. But even though it may not seem like much fun, a sump pump can potentially be a homeowner's best friend. This article will discuss the important role sump pumps play in protecting the home, the different kinds of pumps available, and why they are truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Is a Sump Pump Really Necessary?

Sump pumps are vital tools for preventing flooding and water damage in emergencies and for warding off mold growth due to excess moisture. This is especially important in such a rainy and humid climate as Tallahassee, where a storm can sweep in and cause flash flooding with very little warning.

A sump pump is typically installed at the lowest point in a home's footprint - usually in a basement or crawlspace. It sits above or inside a small pit called a sump or basin. When water accumulates in the basin, the pump detects it using a sensor or special valve, then automatically turns on and pumps the water out of the basin through an effluent pipe. This pipe drains somewhere away from the home, such as the municipal storm drain gutter.

Different Types of Sump Pumpspump

There are two main types of sump pumps, each of which comes in varying sizes - submersible pumps and pedestal pumps. Both types serve the same function, but they have different advantages and drawbacks. 

Submersible sump pumps are generally smaller, with the pump and motor housed in one single unit. The unit is installed inside the basin so that it's almost completely hidden from view, save the effluent pipe coming from the basin. Since they are inside the basin, submersible pumps are typically quieter and more discreet, but they can be more expensive and tend not to last as long since they're submerged underwater.

Pedestal sump pumps are larger devices, with the motor and pump in their own housings, separated by a tall pedestal (usually between 2-3 ft. tall). The pump sits in the basin while the motor is atop the pedestal. These are usually less expensive and longer-lasting, but they can be loud and a bit of an eyesore.

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No matter what type of sump pump homeowners install, they'll want a backup or secondary sump pump to go with it. If the primary pump fails or can't keep up with the volume of water coming into the basement or crawlspace, the backup pump will kick in and help remove the water. 

There are different types of backup pumps. Some are simple electric-powered secondary units in case the primary pump malfunctions, or there's too much water. But this won't be of much use if the power goes out - as often happens in the middle of a powerful storm. That's why there are battery backup sump pumps. These will keep pumping even if there's a power outage, at least until the charge runs out - they do have to be recharged periodically.

Of course, choosing the right sump pump configuration isn't always straightforward - there are a lot of factors to consider - so homeowners should consult a reputable local plumber about the specifics of sump pump replacement or installation.

About Capital Plumbing Contractors

Capital Plumbing Contractors have been Tallahassee, FL's preferred plumbers since 1986. They offer competitive, up-front pricing, 24/7 emergency service, and membership perks. Today, their licensed and insured experts are standing by, so don't hesitate to call for sump pump services!