Sump pump installation is one of those things we often don't think about. However it is a necessary part of the plumbing systems of most buildings. This is because generally the dampest area of a building is underneath it. This can be because of damp soil, water-bearing rocks, rains, flooding, being below the water level in the ground, drains, etc. Waterlogging can damage buildings and threaten human health. Thus is must be taken into account in new buildings or upgrading existing ones.
WHAT DOES A SUMP PUMP DO?
A sump pump collects that surplus water and pumps it out from under the building. Sump pump installation is usually done in basements or crawl spaces under the house or commercial premises. The pump itself usually sits in a water-collecting pit. Therefore the pump can pump the water away as it collects in the pit. The discarded water goes to the storm drain system or other safe collection point away from the building.
Types of sump pumps:
In contrast to pedestal pumps, the submersible pump is mounted in a sealed container under the water. The advantages are that they are hidden away and don't clog. However on the down side, they don't last as long as pedestal pumps and they are more expensive upfront.
This type of sump pump has the motor visibly mounted above the sump. An advantage is that it can be easily reached for service or repair. Another advantage is they are less expensive and last longer. However there are some disadvantages. If it's in a noticeable place, its visibility might be a problem for your aesthetics. Also they can clog with debris and must be kept clear of it.
AUTOMATIC VERSUS MANUAL CONTROL
You can turn a manual pump on and off as required. Whereas an automatic pump has a water-sensing switch which turns it on and off according to the water level. You'll decide which system suits you best according to convenience.
TIPS ABOUT SUMP PUMP INSTALLATION
1. You might want to check out whether you have a sump pump and where it discharges to. Also whether it's working properly. In older homes, sump pumps were often set up to discharge water to the sewer system. This is now illegal in most places. Therefore to avoid fines you may need to have it re-routed to the storm drains, for instance.
2. Does your sump pump run off the mains electricity or a battery? Furthermore some models use the pressure of the water as their energy source, which wastes money and good water. You might want to get it changed. In addition the sump pump should have a backup system in case of heavy water inflow when the power is out, eg during storms.
3. In the case of commercial properties, you might wish to install an electronic alarm system to alert you to problems.
4. Cover your sump so that animals can't fall in, and debris can't accumulate.
5. Have your pump's backup system tested regularly so that it won't fail you in emergencies.
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