Having A Sump Pump Is Extremely Important In Indianapolis!
If you have a home with a basement or live in a low lying area, you will probably at some point need a sump pump. However, a sump pump is not something people think about until after they actually need one. And then it’s too late. Don’t let that be you!
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is an automatic pump used to drain an area that has been overcome by water. They are generally made up of two parts: a float switch and a mechanical pump. The most common use of a sump pump is in a home’s basement. However, they have many other residential and commercial uses as well.
When is a Sump Pump Most Commonly Used?
Sump pumps are most commonly used to drain water from a residential setting, such as a basement, in an effort to keep the water from damaging a home. Sump pumps are most commonly needed after heavy rains, flooding or anything else that causes the water level to rise.
How Does a Sump Pump Work?
When the water rises past a certain point the float switch will activate the pump. The water is then pumped out of the home through a discharge pipe to help keep the water from damaging the home and the homeowners belongings.
What Types of Sump Pumps Are Available?
Sump pumps come in two different types, a submersible and a pedestal. Which type you will need will depend on your specific situation. Submersibles are more prevalent because they are quieter than their counterparts and they are safer and cooler to run as well. And the switch on a submersible will generally last about five times longer.
What Size Sump Pump Is Typically Needed?
Again, the size sump pump you might need will depend on your particular situation. However, as a generality, for new applications, you will probably need a 1/3 horsepower, minimum. If you need to continually pump water from an area, you should go with a pump that has at least a 1/2 horsepower rating. You don’t want to spend money on an undersized sump pump and risk flooding your basement or any other area you need it for. One thing to remember is the higher you have to pump the water, the higher the horsepower your sump pump will need to be.
Is it Hard to Install a Sump Pump?
Installing a sump pump is not hard at all and can be done in just a few minutes. All it takes is a screwdriver, channel locks, and sometimes a hacksaw as well. Most sump pumps will come with easy to follow instructions showing you exactly what you need to do to get started.
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