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Consider Adding a Sump Pump to the Family Holiday Shopping List

Choose to Give Peace of Mind for the Holidays This Year

Holidays are about giving the perfect gift to loved ones! This year, give the family the ability to keep the basement or crawlspace dry and free of excess humidity that could lead to further damage later on. Sump pumps are the first line of defense against flooding during storms or the spring thaw.  

Top 4 Reasons to Install a Sump Pump

  • Keeping the basement or crawl space dry: If the pump fills with water, it kicks on and pushes water to the outside of the home. The intentional slope built around the house aids in moving water away from the building.
  • Prevent mold and mildew: When the basement is dry, mold and mildew won’t be present. Mold can cause allergic reactions and serious health issues.
  • Add value to the house: Home inspectors like dry basements because it indicates the home is structurally sound. This is an attractive feature to potential buyers.
  • Alerts when water levels are too high: If the basement starts to flood, audible signals alert homeowners to the potential trouble.

Types of Primary Sump Pumps

pumpsPedestal pumps are the cheapest upfront and easiest to repair. This is the perfect option for smaller sump pump pits. One downfall of this type is that it can overheat because it has no way to naturally cool if it’s overworked. Water getting inside this unit’s motor can also cause malfunctions leading to deterioration, so protecting the motor is important.  

Submersible pumps have waterproof casings and lie at the bottom of the sump pump pit. This is the most cost-effective unit due to its longer lifespan and better overall performance. The average lifespan of a submersible sump pump is about 10 years, depending on how much use it experiences. 

Sump pumps are sold at hardware stores, but it is recommended to consult with a licensed sump pump service for installation.

Secondary Sump Pumps and Backup Batteries

pumpBattery backup sump pumps add extra protection in the event of a main power outage. The marine-grade battery attached to the pump can pump water for 12 hours up to 11,000 gallons before recharging. Considering power usually goes out during a storm, having a backup option can prevent flooding during a major event. 

Combination sump pumps combine a primary sump pump with a battery backup pump to offer double the power. This is helpful for spaces that are larger or experience frequent flooding. 

When evaluating a secondary sump pump, be sure that the unit has the same capability as the primary unit. The last thing a homeowner needs is a power outage and a backup sump pump that is not performing as needed. If in need of sump pump replacement, consult with a professional service to evaluate the needs of the home and determine the best unit. 

About PlumbCrazy

PlumbCrazy, located in Abingdon, MD, gives individualized attention with personalized solutions and more than three decades of professional experience. Their expert plumbers can help with all sump pumps services, including repair and installations. Contact them today to protect your home from flood damage.