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The Best Guard Against Flooding: Sump Pumps

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the end of June marked the rainiest eight-month time period for the state of Pennsylvania. In fact, with all the rain we’ve been getting, it was found that, as of July, the past four years have been the wettest on record for the state.

That’s a lot of rain!

That is all well and good for the water supply and maintaining our lush landscape, but it can be worrisome when it comes to our homes. Why? Because all that rain adds up, and sometimes it likes to add up inside of our homes. We are talking about the risk of flooding of course.

Thankfully, there is one incredibly helpful piece of plumbing technology that can help reduce the risk of your home becoming one large wading pool: the sump pump.

What is a Sump Pump?

This bit of your home plumbing system has nothing to do with your toilets or faucets; it does however, connect to your wastewater system. It works to pump out water that would otherwise flood at-risk areas of your home.

A sump pump is meant to help protect a vulnerable part of your home, such as a basement or crawlspace, from flooding damage. Sump pumps can either be installed within the “sump” pit or set up to sit on a pedestal above the pit.

What Does It Do?

So how exactly does a sump pump protect your home from water damage caused by flooding? Let us explain the process by giving you an example of a time when your sump pump might be used:

  1. It has been raining for days and water has been steadily pooling everywhere else as the area has become oversaturated.
  2. You have a basement that is at a high risk of being flooded, something that would destroy the walls and your newly set up workbench, should this rain pattern continue. However, you have a sump pump.
  3. As you expected, water makes its way towards said basement but instead of your basement getting wrecked, your sump pump saves the day. When the “sump pit” fills with water, your sump pump kicks on and works to drain said pit and siphon the water into the wastewater system, preventing water damage and saving your basement.

As long as your sump pump is powered and in good working order, you can rely on it to help prevent flooding from taking a toll on your home.

“Can I Install a Sump Pump Myself?”

Chances are that you already have a sump pump installed as they are relatively common in areas that are prone to flooding. However, if you don’t have one yet, it might be a good idea to get one installed before winter rains really kick into high gear.

Installing a sump pump isn’t something that anyone can do; you need to schedule professional Springfield plumbing services to get a sump pump put in, such as those offered by Walsh Brothers Plumbing and Mechanical Services, Inc. 

Contact us today to learn more about how the team at Walsh Brothers Plumbing and Mechanical Services, Inc. can fulfill your plumbing needs.

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