Some folks really just seem to struggle with the idea of insurance. You hope you never have to use something, but you definitely want that something handy, just in case you ever do need it! This is definitely the case with a sump pump. If there’s one part of your plumbing system that you don’t want to use, it’s the sump pump. The situations surrounding its use will likely be stressful.
But nowhere near as stressful as if you don’t have a sump pump in Las Vegas.
Today, we’ll talk about what the sump pump does, what your sump pump options are, and why you really need one. As always, our team is here to answer any questions that you may have. And, if you’re ready to have a new sump pump installed or an old one replaced, you can definitely count on our Sunny Plumbers to do the job right.
It’s Just One Job—But It’s an Important One!
A sump pump is a not a versatile piece of equimipent. It’s not going to brew your coffee or check your tire pressure. It’s just going to pump water. But it’s going to pump water under circumstances that would otherwise be disastrous.
A sump pump is installed in a sump pit, which is excavated in the lowest point of the property. Why? Because you want water to run naturally to this point.
So that the sump pump can pump it out! If you have a water main leak or major flooding for any reason, you want to direct that water to one direction. And you want to make sure that you have a way to get that water out of that space once it hits a certain level. That’s just what the sump pump does.
How It Works
Very simply, that’s how. A sump pump is just a pump that is activated by a float switch. When the water in the sump pit hits a certain level, the float switch activates the pump. The pump diverts that water out of the house until the float switch drops to a certain level, at which point the pump shuts back down. Your sump pump may be installed in the pit below the water line, or on a pedestal. This will depend on the space available. Regardless of the type of pump you use, the result is the same. Your home is protected from flooding!
Test Your Sump Pump
Don’t worry, we’re not giving you homework. Well, not much. You do want to make sure that your sump is working properly from time to time. Again, you won’t use it regularly, but you want to be sure it works when you do need it.
All you need to do is grab a 5-gallon bucket and fill the sump pump up until the float switch activates and the pump starts up. Make sure this happens, and make sure the sump pump shuts back down when it should. It’s a simple test, and well worth the peace of mind.
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