There are a lot of steps you can take to help keep your home from flooding. Fixing leaks in your plumbing, on the roof, and around the home can help, as can clearing out gutters and downspouts. But if your home is positioned in an area with a high water table, there may be little you can do to keep water from filling up the lowest area of your home: the crawlspace or the basement. In cases like these, our plumbers usually recommend installing a sump pump. A sump pump is a device that pumps water out of the basement as it begins to fill up. Learn more by reading on and calling your local plumbing company.
Installing Sump Pumps
First, a technician has to locate the lowest point in your home, so that any water moving into that area can slope down into the pit the technician digs. Depending on the type of pump you purchase, the pump may go directly into the sump pit: this is called a submersible pump. Otherwise, it sits on a pedestal above the sump pit, and a hose leads inside (a pedestal pump). There’s more to this process than simply plugging in the unit. A technician will inspect the system for quality, install a battery backup, and ensure that the pump is installed for maximum efficiency and flood protection.
Maintaining Sump Pumps
It’s important that you do what you can to make sure that your sump pump continues to operate properly. Proper maintenance means testing the pump from time to time, which you can usually accomplish by pouring a bucket of water into the pit. You should call a technician immediately if you notice a problem with performance or any aesthetic damage, and you might consider having a technician check on the pump on an annual basis as well. Call Air Mechanical, Inc. and we can help you prevent flooding in your home in Ham Lake, MN.
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