A sump pump is a vital piece of basement or crawlspace equipment. It’s a type of automatic pump that drains water from a low point within a home to prevent flooding and related damage. If you live in a flood-prone area, a sump pump is a must. Here, the plumbers at Carolina Plumbing & Water Systems in Mebane, NC, share why a sump pump is essential.
A Brief Guide to Sump Pumps
It Drains Away From Your Foundation
Sump pumps are installed in a sump pit, or the lowest section of a basement or crawlspace. The pit fills with water in the event of flooding, which signals the pressure sensor or float activator device to turn the pump on. The pump drains the water through pipes that flow away from your home’s foundation to prevent serious flooding and maintain a dry basement.
There Are Submersible & Pedestal Options
These essential pumps come in two basic forms: submersible and pedestal. Submersible pumps feature motors completely submerged in oil to keep them lubricated and functional. They are much quieter than pedestal pumps and include special sealing to prevent dust and dirt infiltration. The quiet nature makes them ideal for residences with pets, children, and finished basements. Pedestal pumps are noisy but less expensive and easier to service because they are above-ground. They have draft shaft-powered impellers that rotate and pump the water away from a home. The motors are open to keep them cool, but this makes them susceptible to dust and dirt buildup.
Maintenance Is Vital
To periodically check your pump, fill the pit with water and see if it automatically turns on, drains the water, and turns off. If this doesn’t happen, it requires part replacements or other plumber-related servicing. Removing sand, dirt, and other debris from the pit regularly ensures the pump stays in good condition for years.
Contact the plumbers at Carolina Plumbing & Water Systems for sump pump repair and replacement, water heater installation and repair, and pool pump repair. They also offer 24/7 emergency service. Call (919) 563-3709 to schedule an appointment or visit the website for more information.