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There are few things Texas homeowners want to deal with less than water damage. Whether it’s the result of flooding from a serious storm or a broken pipe within your home, all of that water will flow to and collect at the lowest point in your home.

Whether you have a crawl space or a basement, you can’t afford to just sit back and let the water levels rise, but there’s little you can do to stop the problem once it has already started. You need to take preventative action. You need a sump pump installation.

What Is a Sump Pump?

Let’s start at the beginning. If this is the first time you’ve owned your own home, you may be wondering, what is a sump pump? After all, renters have no reason to give any thought to these essential plumbing fixtures. They’re found in out-of-the-way places at the very bottoms of homes, and out of sight means out of mind when you’re not the one responsible for keeping the home in a state of good repair.

If you do own your home, it doesn’t matter whether it’s brand-new or your family has lived there for years. You should have a sump pump. These vital plumbing fixtures are found at the lowest points of homes and other structures in shallow basins dug below the grade. Here’s how they work:

  1. Water enters the basement or crawl space during a storm or another disaster.
  2. The water flows to the lowest point and ends up in the sump pump basin.
  3. When the water gets deep enough, it triggers a float switch to turn the pump on.
  4. The sump pump routes the water out of your home to a safe location where it can’t do any damage.

When your sump pump is properly installed and well-maintained, you don’t even have to give a second thought to whether it’s working as intended. All of these processes are automatic.

What Is a Sump Pump Used For?

Sump pumps are designed to protect your home from water damage. When water enters your basement or crawl space, it has nowhere else to go. If not removed, the water can destroy any belongings you have stored below-grade and even cause structural damage to your home. Sump pumps are designed to remove any water that makes its way into below grade areas of your home to prevent it from backing up and causing damage.

Types of Sump Pumps

Ready to call sump pump installers to schedule an appointment? First, give some thought to what type of sump pump will be the best fit for your home.

Primary vs. Backup Sump Pumps

If you don’t have a sump pump yet, the first thing you should do is purchase a primary sump pump. They’re the industry-standard way to prevent basement and crawl space flooding because these devices are able to remove thousands of gallons per hour from your home.

Backup sump pumps can be installed alongside primary pumps to provide extra protection should anything go wrong. If your primary pump fails, whether it’s the result of a power outage or a mechanical issue, your battery-powered backup sump pump will kick in. A backup pump can also be helpful during unusually large flood events that would otherwise overwhelm your primary pump.

Submersible vs. Pedestal Sump Pumps

Next, you’ll have to decide whether to purchase a submersible sump pump or a pedestal-mounted model. Submersible pumps have all of their components inside the sump pit where they will be completely submerged in water in the event of a flood, helping to prevent them from overheating. Pedestal sump pumps have motors mounted above the basins. They’re good for smaller sump pits unable to accommodate submersible pumps.

When Should I Call For a Sump Pump Replacement?

You should call for a sump pump replacement before the next big flood event. To do that, you’ll need to know whether the system is working when no water is present. The easiest way to check is to head to the sump basin with a hose or a few buckets of water. Introduce water into the basin until the sump pump float switch should be activated.

If the pump turns on and nothing seems amiss, it should be fine. If you notice unusual noises or other potential operational issues, or the sump pump fails to turn on, it’s better to have it repaired or replaced now than to wait until it’s needed to find that the unit doesn’t work.

Call Master Tech Service Corp for Sump Pump Installation or Replacement

If you want to protect your home from flood damage, Master Tech Service Corp is here to help. You can contact us online or call us to discuss your sump pump project and schedule an appointment today.

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