Which Type of Sump Pump Should You Have in Your Home?

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If you’ve ever experienced flooding in your home, you know that preventive action is the only way to go. No homeowner wants to deal with the mess that results from a flood or the potential health troubles that can arise if mold has a chance to develop. The best forms of waterproofing begin in the lowest areas of your home, like a basement or crawlspace, where high water tables and other environmental factors allow water to penetrate. And one of the most effective systems for waterproofing a basement is a sump pump.

What’s a sump pump?

A sump pump is a pump designed to turn on automatically if your basement or crawlspace begins to flood. A pit in the lowest area of the basement contains a basin (or sump) and the motor activates once the sump begins to fill. There are two different types of sump pumps, and the type you end up with might depend on the conditions in your basement. While a technician can help you to decide, many homeowners are curious beforehand about which is better, a submersible model or a pedestal pump.

Submersible Pump

A submersible sump pump has a motor in a waterproof encasement, and the entire pump goes into the basin. Some prefer this type of installation because you can put a lid on top of the sump basin and hide the entire fixture from view. Additionally, the encasement is durable and may last longer because it runs cooler underwater.

Pedestal Sump Pump

But a pedestal pump may be easier to maintain. This type of pump sits above the basin and a suction pipe and a float (to detect rising water) lead into the pit. It’s easier for you or your technician to access its components and to replace them, and it may be less expensive as well. However, those with small children or frequently used basements may want to avoid these fixtures since they protrude from the ground. Contact Air Mechanical, Inc. today for more information about installing sump pumps in Oak Grove, MN.

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