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Why Installing a Sump Pump is the Best Gift

Does a sump pump make a good holiday gift? When people think of gifts for the holidays, sump pump installation may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, a new sump pump is a gift that just keeps giving. There are many benefits to installing a new sump pump, including increasing the home’s value for years to come. 

This blog post shares insight from plumbing industry experts on why homeowners should invest in a sump pump this winter. The winter season is a good time to install a sump pump to prepare the home for heavy precipitation in the spring. Homeowners will love receiving a new sump pump as a smart, practical gift to help take care of their home. 

What Do Sump Pumps Do?pump

A sump pump is a device designed to remove floodwater from a basement or crawl space. It is common for homes with an underground basement to experience different levels of flooding from precipitation runoff and groundwater. This water can pool on cement floors and attract bugs, mold, and foul smells. 

Sump pump basins in the ground collect the water, which can then be pumped out of the home to be disposed of outdoors. A sump pump is the best way to prevent basement flooding and the damage that accompanies it. A flooded basement can cause a lot of property damage, including the risk of fire if the water reaches electrical wiring.

Submersible Sump Pump or Pedestal Sump Pump?

pumpsThere are two main types of sump pumps that homeowners can choose from. Submersible sump pumps are submerged in the water in the sump pit, whereas pedestal sump pumps sit above the ground. Each has pros and cons, but submersible sump pumps are typically the most efficient and powerful. Being submerged in water helps reduce noise from submersible sump pumps and keeps their engines cool. 

Pedestal pumps are the easiest to install and maintain, but they may not be powerful enough to handle heavy flooding. Homeowners may also prefer pedestal pumps because they typically have a smaller price tag and last longer than submersible pumps. Pedestal pumps also take up more space than submersible pumps because they sit above the sump basin instead of inside it. 

Secondary and Backup Sump Pumps

If the sump pump runs on electricity, installing a secondary or backup battery sump pump may be needed to protect the home from flooding during disasters because it’s common for electricity to go out during storms. The basement could badly flood if the sump pump shuts off during a storm with heavy rain. Combination sump pumps are a great option because they have a built-in backup. 

Another reason why homeowners may need a secondary or backup sump pump is if their home experiences such heavy flooding that one sump pump alone can not get the job done effectively. Installing more than one sump pump in the basement may be necessary to keep the basement dry and clean during periods of heavy precipitation. 

About G.F. Bowman, Inc.

G.F. Bowman, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company serving Harrisburg, PA, and the surrounding areas since 1967. They provide upfront pricing, on-time arrivals, and clean-up after every project. Call them today for sump pump installation services in Harrisburg, PA.