An Introduction to Sump Pumps

Flood Damaged HomeDoes My Home Need a Sump Pump?

Whether you live in a region prone to flooding, and older house with old pipes, or a region where winter thaw can cause flooding, having a sump pump in your home is incredibly important. Your local plumbing professional can help you choose the appropriate pump for your sized home, then install it so that you can have piece of mind against any water damage destroying any of your personal belongings.

What is a Sump Pump?
The sump pump is a small mechanical device used to remove water that accumulates in the basements of homes. The water can access the home in one of several ways, flooding, pipe bursting, or winter thaw. Once the water penetrates the foundation of the home, it can quickly flood a basement and destroy everything in its path.
The sump pump is connected to a sump pit, where the water collects and then is redirected away from the home. The pump turns on when water accumulates to a level that reaches the pumps trigger mechanism, turning on and pumping water away.

How Can a Sump Pump Benefit my Home?
Everything in your basement is vulnerable to flood water damage if you do not have a professional plumbing company install a sump pump. The water can destroy boxes of possessions, short out electrical appliances and outlets, and damage carpeting, furniture, and upholstery.

If you value any of the items that are in your basement, you need to protect them from damage with the sump pump. In addition to removing the water in the home, moisture levels are reduced when no water is permitted to accumulate inside the house.

How Important are Sump Pump services?flooding bathroom
The installation of the sump pump is the easy part of the process, now you need to utilize the services of a professional plumbing company to maintain the unit. Each year you should have the sump pump inspected and maintained to ensure it is ready to work on a moments notice. A back-up pump is also beneficial in the event of a malfunction. Taking these precautions could save you thousands of dollars in repairs and bring you and your family the peace of mind you deserve.

Hindsight is always 20/20. Don't wait until it's too late to protect your home! To install, service, or repair a sump pump in your Ruston area home, call the experts of Mark Johnson Plumbing at (318) 255-1332.