What is a Sump Pump?

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When is the last time you read the word “Sump” in a sentence? I’m guessing probably never … until now. A sump is a pit that is created in the lowest part of your home (usually the basement). If you have any water seepage in your home, the goal is for it to drain the water entering your home into that pit. A sump pump will then pump the water out of your home and into your yard.

Sound simple? Well, the concept alone actually is, but the decision on where to install the “Sump” and how to choose the “Pump” can be a complicated one.

5 Pump Facts to consider

First, you must decide if you want the pump to work automatically (the most common) or if you want to save a couple of dollars to use a manual one. That, of course, will entail the manual operation of its usage.

Second, you will need to decide the horsepower of the pump. Determining the amount and frequency of water seepage you are troubled with should help you decide how powerful you need your pump to be.

Third, the head pressure of the pump decides how far it can bring water up out of the pit and then outside to its final destination.
Fourth, a submersible pump is more powerful, while a pedestal pump is louder and will save you a few dollars.

Lastly, some homeowners rest easier with a battery backup system in place.

Knowing those 5 facts will help you decide what sump pump you may want to purchase. If you do not already have a Sump in your basement, the location and its installation is a bit more complicated than you might think. We suggest giving us a call to discuss your personalized options. No home is created the same.

If you are considering installing a sump pump, or if you need service for your existing system, we can help! Roto-Rooter continues to be the #1 name in plumbing. If a plumbing problem threatens your home, check out our money saving coupons and then give us a call.

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