drains, water heaters, sewer lines, and septic tanks are all essential elements of plumbing in your Sacramento home. But there
is one device that many homeowners think little about until it stops working:
the sump pump. In fact, some homes are not even equipped with one at all.
Read on to learn what a sump pump does and why it’s important to
have one in your home.
Basic Sump Pump Function
purpose of a sump pump is to keep your home from flooding. Sump pumps should be installed by
a qualified plumber in a basin in your basement. The basin should sit
several feet below floor level. Water levels in the basin fluctuate with
groundwater levels, and when the water reaches a certain height the pump
will switch on to lower the water level before flooding can occur.
Types of Sump Pump
Sump pumps can use one of two basic designs. The first is the submersible
pump, which sits inside the basin and directly monitors the water level.
The second is the pedestal pump, which is located next to the basic, and
monitors water level via an attached sensor inside the basin. Generally,
pedestal pumps will last longer than submersible pumps. Both should be
serviced by a plumbing professional at least once a year.
Sump Pump Drainage
The sump pump needs somewhere to send the excess water it drains from
your home. Often, older homes have sump pumps that drain through the sewer
line. This is not a good idea, however, as it can lead to a clogged drain
and expensive professional drain cleaning bills, and even a sewage backup
inside your home. Have a plumber re-route your sump pump drainage line
into the storm sewers or other drainage ditches, not the municipal sewer line.
Ace Plumbing of Sacramento, we offer complete sump pump service, including installation, service,
and repair. To schedule an appointment with one of our certified, licensed
plumbers, call (866) 999-4703 today.