With the coming of spring comes rains and the risk of flooding to New England, and we’ve all seen how powerful and damaging hurricanes can be in recent years. Everything you can do to protect your home from storm damage is money well spent. Most of the time, people think of this as things like storm shutters, and those are certainly important components for your home to have.
But water has a way of slipping into your home regardless of such measures, and to stop flooding on your property, you usually need a sump pump or similar device installed by a qualified technician. Now is an ideal time to schedule an installation session. Or, if you have a sump pump already, you should get it checked and possibly repaired (if need be) before you have need of it. Either way, a good plumber can help you out
How Do They Work?
Some types of sump pumps are placed on a stand, while others are placed in a specially-dug hole that water can drain into. The former are less expensive, while the latter tend to do the job a little more effectively. Regardless, they need to be placed at the lowest point of the home, in the basement or similar spots. That’s where floodwater will naturally gather in the event of heavy rain.
When the pump is activated, it uses centrifugal force to pull the floodwaters into it, then force it out of the home via a pipe. It’s designed to run as long as the floodwaters continue, though inexpensive models sometimes need to be manually activated to work.
Either way, the results are the same. The sump pump helps keep your basement free of floodwater, thus sparing your home and furnishings the damage that comes with flooding. Not only does that directly save you a great deal of money, but it can easily lower your insurance rates, since your home is now better protected from damage.
Trust a Professional to Set One Up
Professional plumbing services are required to install a sump pump in part because there’s more to the operation than just plopping one down and plugging it in. Sump pumps need to be placed in the right spot so that the floodwaters lead to them. But in many cases, they need to be accessible to things like your home’s electrical grid, and an easy means to exiting for a pipe to eject the floodwaters from the household.
That balance can be surprisingly difficult in some cases. A trained plumber, with experience installing sump pumps, can navigate these questions successfully and find the perfect unit to fit your home. they can also set up a repair and maintenance schedule to check your system before the rainy season begins. That way, there won’t be any unpleasant surprises when you need the system to function!
For reliable plumbing in Boston, and specifically for installation, repair and maintenance of sump pumps in the greater metropolitan area, call the friendly pros at Cooling Unlimited, Inc. today!