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Sump Pump 101

Sump Pump 101

Flood Damaged HomeA common problem homeowners face is a damp or flooded basement or crawl space. Reports show that more than 60 percent of Americans have this problem. This can not only cause a great deal of money for repairs but can also cause a health problem with mold and/or mildew growth. The latter can cause breathing and other respiratory complications.

Purpose of a Sump Pump

The purpose of a sump pumps is to keep the basement, or area under a building, dry and prevent dampness or flooding. Installed at the lowest part of a crawlspace or basement, it allows water to drain into a pit and be pumped away. This is especially important in low-lying areas where there is heavy rain or an accumulation of snow. These pumps are installed in most newly construction homes under rules of the U.S. Federal Clean Water Act of 1987.

Benefits of a Sump Pump

Keeping the ground or basement under a home dry will keep the building from developing a damp or musty smell. It could potentially save a homeowner thousands of dollars in water damages. With the exception of a grounded outlet, these pumps use standard household electricity for power and do not require special wiring.

Submersible and pedestal pumps are the types used. A submersible pump is placed in the water and encased in a waterproof covering. The pump is at the bottom of a pit with the outlet pipe close to the top. Water is sucked through a grate or screen and routed out of the building through the pipe. Pedestal pumps are placed above the water with an inlet pipe that draws the water out of the area through a discharge pipe. Pedestal pumps are less expensive but are louder than the submersible models.

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When installing or servicing a pump, it is a good idea to contact a professional plumber. Remember, having a company with a good reputation and lots of experience is essential to obtaining the best service available. They will be able to complete the job quickly, efficiently and at a reasonable price.

Hindsight is always 20/20. Don't wait until it's too late to protect your home! To install, service, or repair a sump pump in your Temecula home, call the experts of 24-7 Plumbing And Drain at (951) 338-9844.

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