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Sump Pump Installation

After heavy rainfall, you don’t want to wake up to find your basement flooded, furniture ruined, and costly repairs ruining your day. With a reliable sump pump, you could avoid this problem altogether. At Rooter Man Plumbing, we offer a wide range of professional services for local home and business owners including sump pump installation, repair, and replacement. Keep reading to learn how to protect your basement from water damage. 

Why a Sump Pump is Essential

Are you wondering whether a sump pump is a worthwhile investment for your home? Here are the most important reasons why having a sump pump matters: 

  • Protection from Flooding: Whether it's an unexpected storm or melting snow, excess water can cause havoc. Your sump pump works by directing water away from your home, ensuring that your basement remains dry.
  • Mold Prevention: A wet or damp basement is a breeding ground for mold. Mold can lead to a host of health issues, including allergies and respiratory problems. A sump pump helps keep the basement dry, reducing the chances of mold formation.
  • Increased Property Value: A home with a well-maintained sump pump is more attractive to buyers. It's a sign that the home has been cared for and offers better protection against flooding and water damage.
  • Lower Insurance Costs: Some insurance companies offer lower rates if your home has a sump pump. It's considered a proactive measure that decreases the likelihood of water damage, thereby reducing the risk for the insurer.

Types of Sump Pumps 

Once you've made up your mind that a sump pump is essential for your home, the next step is to choose the right type.

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  • Submersible Pumps: A submersible pump is designed to function underwater. It’s a sealed unit and generally has a longer lifespan. However, they are often more expensive and complicated to install.
  • Pedestal Pumps: A pedestal pump sits above the water level and is easier to maintain. They are usually less expensive but are also noisier and less efficient than their submersible counterparts.
  • Battery Backup Sump Pumps: Battery backup sump pumps are a must-have for locations that are prone to power outages. These pumps kick in when there’s no electricity, ensuring uninterrupted operation.

Steps for Installation

Installing a sump pump is a task best left to professionals, but it’s useful to know the general steps involved.

  • Choose the Location: The first step is to identify the lowest part of your basement where water usually collects.
  • Dig the Pit: A pit, or basin, is dug to place the sump pump. The depth and width depend on the pump specifications.
  • Install the Pump: The pump is then placed into the basin, and it's connected to a discharge pipe that channels water away from your home.
  • Electrical Setup: The pump needs an electrical connection, but this should only be done by a qualified electrician to ensure it meets all local codes and safety guidelines.

How Often Should You Replace It?

The lifespan of a sump pump varies based on its type and how often it operates. Typically, a sump pump should last between 7-10 years. If you notice unusual noises, reduced efficiency, or frequent cycling on and off, it may be time for a replacement.

Do You Need a Sump Pump Installation for Your Home or Commercial Building? 

Flooding and water damage don't have to be a property owner's nightmare. Installing a sump pump can save you both heartache and money. Ready to get started? Call Rooter Man Plumbing. Our professional team is ready to discuss your needs and can also schedule a convenient appointment. 

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