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7 FAQs about Sump Pumps

If you have ever had a flood in your basement, you know what an awful experience it is. Even an inch of water can wreak havoc. To prevent such problems consider sump pump installation businesses and homes. Following are seven basic FAQs about sump pumps.

What is a sump pump?

It is a system designed to remove water from your basement. It consists of a drainage tank where water can safely accumulate and a pump that will remove the water out of the container and divert it to another location.

What is the capacity of the drainage tank?

Most tanks contain between 15 and 25 gallons of water.

Who needs a sump pump?

Basically anyone who has a structure that is underneath the ground should have a sump pump. This includes crawl spaces and cellars as well as basements.

How does water get in the basement?

There are three basic ways you can get water in your house, 1. Your house rests on a high water table and water seeps in through the basement joints and cracks; 2. Water accumulates around your basement walls during storms; or 3. A pipe breaks.

How does it work?

When water enters your basement, it flows to the lowest point, which is where the tank is strategically located. The water flows into the tank and collects there. When the water reaches a certain level, it is then pumped out of the tank and taken away from the foundation of your home.

Is the water automatically removed from the tank?

This depends on what type of system you have. If you have an electric one, it will automatically turn on once the water reaches a certain level. With these systems, it is important to have a battery backup sump pump. If you have a manual system, then you will need to turn it on yourself whenever you want water removed.

What types of sump pumps are available?

Two different kinds are the pedestal and submersible. The motor for the pedestal type sits on top of the tank. This makes it easier to service, but it is also visible. The submersible motor is mounted inside of the tank. It is sealed to prevent water from seeping into the parts. Naturally, it is more difficult to service, but has the advantage of being less noticeable.

Sump pump installation is a wise move for both homes and businesses. Not only can it help keep your belongings and important papers safe, but it also helps protect the structural integrity of your building. Call a Roto-Rooter Rep today for more information.

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