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What Is a Sump Pump and How Does It Help My Plumbing?

Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

In a place that receives as much rain around the year—especially during the winter months—as Washington State, one of the potential problems that homeowners face is basement flooding. But even if your home does not experience major flooding issues, water can slowly seep into the basement and become a chronic problem. It doesn’t take much water to cause thousands of dollars of damage

This is where a sump pump can become one of the most useful appliances in your home. To contact a plumber in Olympia, WA who can install a sump pump to remedy your flooding and water problems, look to Brooks Plumbing. We’ve served the Olympia area since 1994… 20 years of excellent service.

Sump pump basics

A sump pump is a water pump that is installed in your basement, where it takes excess water from flooding or chronic seepage and then uses a motorized pump to remove it out into a drainage system. There are two basic types of sump pumps: the submersible sump pump and the pedestal pump. A submersible pump sits down within a depression (sump pit) where the water collects and stays beneath the water. It draws water into an intake and them pumps it out. A pedestal sump pump sits above the sump pit and uses a float to determine when the water level is too high. It then turns on and pumps out the water until the level is restored.

If you have a sump pump with the power correctly matched to the amount of water entering into your basement, you won’t have to worry about water build-up that can damage your home’s foundations or enter other parts of the house. Keeping water out of the basement will also prevent the growth of mildew and other unwanted bacteria.

According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, more than 60% of homes in the U.S. have below-ground wetness, so a sump pump is an important addition to assisting plumbing for many homes. The percentage of homes with dampness issues is much higher for a place like Olympia with our frequent rains, so you should consider a sump pump installation to help keep your home dry, safe, and free from unnecessary developing repair needs.

Call Brooks Plumbing today to speak to one of our Olympia, WA plumbers who has experience with sump pump installation. The plumber will be able to tell you all the details you need to know about sump pump installation and maintenance. There are few better additions to your plumbing than a sump pump, and few places better suited to installing one than Brooks Plumbing.

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