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Is a Sump Pump Right for Your Home?

sump-pump-installationWe’re coming out of hurricane season, but heavy rains are always in the forecast around here, and that means there will always be a risk of flooding in your home. A good insurance policy is an absolute must when it comes to flooding, but you can do more than just call your insurer once the waters subside. The inclusion of a sump pump in your basement or similar spot can make a huge difference not only in preventing floodwater damage but in lowering your home insurance rates in the process. Here’s how it works.

What a Sump Pump Does

Sump pumps can be placed on stands or in holes called sump pits dug at the lowest point in your home. The former is less expensive but the latter provides more thorough protection. When water leaks in, it tends to move towards the lowest point in your home, where it will puddle and expand. That’s where the sump pump comes in. When it detects the appearance of floodwaters in your home, it activates: spinning and pulling the water into it, where it uses centrifugal force to pull the water up and out of your home. As it runs, your home is kept dry and the damage from the flooding is reduced to an absolute minimum.

What’s Required to Install One

A trained technician should always take care of installing a sump pump. Only they have the skills and experience required to perform the task properly, which involves a number of crucial variables.

In the first place, you need to determine the proper location. Not every home in the area has a basement, and even those that do may not have an obvious spot where the water might collect. A technician can perform the proper calculations and determine the exact spot in which to place it. In some cases, drains can be set up to funnel water to the spot, further minimizing the damage.

Beyond that, the technician needs to install pipeline allowing the pump to remove the water from your home safely, and access the power grid in your home so that it has electricity to run. You must also determine whether the pump should have an automatic start-up switch (which is always recommended) or whether you’d prefer to activate it manually.

Perhaps most importantly, the power output of the sump pump should be determined so that it can eject the water in an effective manner without being overwhelmed. That can depend on a number of factors, including the terrain around your home and the size of the space that might be vulnerable to flooding.

Once the sump pump is installed, it pays to test it on a regular basis, and to set up maintenance at least once a year to ensure that it is in working order. That way, it will always be ready to go as soon as you need it, and you won’t need to scramble in the face of an incoming storm to get your system up and running properly.

For a wide array of sump pump services in Naples, FL, call on the friendly pros at Bruno Total Home Performance today!

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