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Seven Things To Know Before Starting A Sump Pump Installation

Seven Things To Know Before Starting A Sump Pump Installation

Before you decide on a sump pump installation, there are seven factors you need to consider.

When it comes to your home, you might want to consider installing a sump pump. A sump pump is a device that is used to remove built-up water. These are usually used in basements after heavy rain or floods. By quickly removing water from your basement, you can save a great deal of money on repairs. But you want to make sure you want to make this purchase. Before you decide on a sump pump installation, there are seven factors you need to consider.


That’s right, a sump pump installation is permanent. Once you install it, it will be there for good. The equipment gets installed and holes get drilled into your home’s floor, so it won’t be going anywhere. Most homes appreciate having a sump pump, bu you just want to be 100% certain of your decision before having one installed.

Useful In All Environments

While sump pumps are mainly used for water in basements, they can be useful in other environments as well. Only in incredibly dry areas would a sump pump be a useless tool. For all other environments however, a sump pump installation would be just fine.

Plan In Advance

Plan out your sump pump installation in advance. It can take awhile to get everything cleared out of your basement. The installation technician will also need a great deal of space, which means you will need to move the items you have stored in the basement somewhere else. You want to be sure that your technician has enough space to carry out your sump pump installation.

Protect Belongings

During the sump pump installation process, there will be a good amount of debris that comes up. For items that you can’t move from your basement, like a washer or dryer, cover them with sheets to protect them. Cement will be drilled and cut, and you don’t want your belongings to be damaged because you didn’t take measures to protect them.


Sump pumps make a great deal of noise when they’re running. There isn’t much that can be done to tone down the volume while it’s working. This is just something to consider before your sump pump installation. You don’t want to be surprised by how much noise it makes after you finish having it installed.

Different Types

There are two basic types of sump pumps: pedestal and submersible. Pedestal pumps are built on a pedestal and placed above the pit. It is easy to service and fix problems, but is more vulnerable in the open. Submersible pumps get sealed inside the pit The seal is to prevent an electrical short circuit since these pumps are exposed to more water. With low proximity to the pit, though, they are tougher to service.

General Maintenance

You will need to perform general maintenance on your sump pump. Annual examinations are recommended. However, if you use your sump pump more frequently, you will want it checked several times a year instead because dirt, sand, and other debris can block it up, preventing it from running properly. Since your sump pump deals with water, it is also a conductor for electricity, so be sure to cut off power to the house before performing maintenance.

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