Most homes are protected from flooding in numerous ways. When heavy rains come they can damage structural portions of a home’s foundation or back up rainwater into low-lying areas like basements. Additionally, when bathrooms are installed below ground level, they must be protected from sewer backups that can flood basements. One of the most important ways that homes are protected from flooding is by the use of sump pumps. Sump pumps help pump extra water out of low-lying places. When these pumps fail, big problems can be the result. Our technicians perform sump pump replacement and sump pump maintenance to help you keep protecting your home.
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What is a Sump Pump and What are the Benefits?
Basements, crawl spaces, and even some landscape features are prone to flooding with heavy rains or when sewer problems happen. Special pumps are designed to help when problems like these arise. They are called sump pumps. The term “sump pump” is a shortening of the phrase “submersible pump.” Sump pumps are devices that automatically turn on to remove excess water from a location.
The benefit of using a sump pump is the protection that it offers. Whether your pump is in a basement, a low spot in the landscaping, or used for a basement bathroom, their purpose is the same: to remove water before it can build up and cause damage.
Types of Sump Pumps
Depending on the application there are several different types of sump pumps that can be installed, each having its own benefits.
- Pedestal: Pedestal pumps have a long impeller shaft and float switch that allows the motor to stay dry while the pump is submerged. This makes maintenance and repairs simpler and cleaner.
- Submersible: These pumps have the pump and motor as a single, sealed unit. The whole apparatus is submerged in water along with a float switch to control it. Being lower profile and quieter makes them easier to hide in finished basements.
- Combination: A sump pump is no good if there is no electricity to power it. A combination pump is a sump pump with a battery backup that allows you to maintain protection of your home even if there is a power outage.
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Sump Pump Installation and Repair
Because sump pumps have such important jobs, it is vital that they receive maintenance and repairs as soon as they need it. Foundation Plumbing & Heating is the local York choice for sump pump maintenance and replacement. Our qualified technicians are skilled at troubleshooting sump pump problems and making the necessary repairs. If your sump pump is out of date, we can even find a suitable replacement so that you don’t lose the protection that a sump pump offers your home.
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