As plumbers, we often get asked about sump pumps by homeowners. A sump pump is essential to keep your basement or crawl space dry and free from water damage. It works by collecting water in a sump pit and then pumping it away from your home. Choosing the right sump pump can be overwhelming, but don’t worry, ASAP Plumbing can guide you through the process to keep your home dry.
Of note: most home owners insurance policies come with either no water backup coverage or very limited ($5,000-7,000). Unfortunately if you have a finished basement and water backs up into it from heavy rains, it will usually cost that much just to have all your flooring and drywall ripped out.
1. Decide on the Type of Sump Pump
There are two main types of sump pumps: submersible and pedestal. Submersible sump pumps are installed inside the sump pit, and pedestal sump pumps are installed outside of it. Submersible sump pumps are more expensive but tend to last longer and require less maintenance. On the other hand, pedestal sump pumps are more affordable and are easier to install and repair.
2. Consider the Capacity and Power of Sump Pump
Sump pumps are rated by the capacity of water they can move in a minute, known as GPH (gallons per hour). Choose a sump pump with a GPH that is enough to handle the water accumulation in your area. Also, consider the power of the sump pump. Most sump pumps run on electricity, but it’s always best to have a backup system like a battery-powered pump to keep your pump running during power outages.
3. Look for a High Quality, Durable Sump Pump
When investing in a sump pump, it’s important to consider durability and quality. Look for a sump pump made of durable materials, such as cast iron or stainless steel, and that comes with a good warranty. A durable and quality sump pump will help you to avoid costly repairs or replacements down the line.
4. Consider Noise and Operation
You don’t want to be disturbed by a noisy sump pump running in the background, so consider a model that operates quietly. Additionally, a sump pump with an automatic switch is more convenient than one without. This means the pump turns on and off automatically, detecting the water level in the sump pit.
5. Installation and Maintenance
Finally, consider the ease of installation and maintenance of the sump pump. Depending on your budget and complexity of sump pump, hiring ASAP Plumbing to install the sump pump could save you time, money and the stress of figuring out how to do it yourself. Also, check if maintenance is required often, and if so, whether you feel comfortable doing it yourself or would prefer to call a professional plumber, like ASAP Plumbing.
Call ASAP to Install, Repair or Replace Your Sump Pump
A reliable and efficient sump pump is a valuable investment for every homeowner. By considering the factors above, you can find the perfect sump pump that suits both your budget and specific needs. Remember to keep up with maintenance and inspections regularly to ensure it keeps working well. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact ASAP Plumbing for advice.
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