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Professional Sump Pump Installation

The risk of basement flooding in low-lying areas is increasing every passing year. With the unpredictable weather today, it is the time you invested in a professional sump pump installation to avert dangers posed by flooding indoors. A sump pump’s effectiveness rate is over 97% according to a study published on Home Energy Magazine in 2013.

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This system works by collecting surface and ground water into a pit and then pumping it away from foundation walls. The fact that the unit is automatic makes it even more effective because it kicks off once water levels start rising. In most cases, a contractor will also install a backup battery pump in case the primary unit fails again ensuring your home is safeguarded at all times.

Installing Your Sump Pump

It is important to note that this is not a DIY project but one that should be carried out by a professional contractor. These experts have the right skills to determine the cause of basement moisture and the prerequisite equipment to install the unit effectively.

Once you call a contractor for sump pump installation, some of the activities they will carry out include:

  • Assessment of Flood Risks

    An expert evaluation is crucial before the process starts. This process will determine whether this is the best solution for your basement water problem. More importantly, it will help determine whether a submersible or pedestal sump pump is ideal for the area depending on the amount of flooding experienced.

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  • Location of the Sump Pump

    Ideally, the best location is near walls to allow for the easy discharge of water away from the basement. The location should also be near the main problem area, and once it is identified, it will be marked out depending on the size and type of the unit.

  • Digging the Pump Pit

    A contractor has the right equipment including a sledge and electric jackhammer to do this easily without damaging the rest of the basement floor. Once they have broken ground, the next stage is digging the sump pump hole.

  • Placing the Sump Pump

    Once the hole is done, the contractor will place the sump pump and then fill the space around it with a filter fabric to allow clogging of weep holes by soil and debris. They will then mix and pour concrete in order to get the floor back in shape.

  • Piping

    The most important part of sump pump installations involves installation of pump and discharge pipes. If it is done professionally, your unit will work seamlessly. This is a technical activity that requires skill and experience which is another reason you should leave this project to a professional.

Once the pipes are in place, it is time to plug in and test the pump. This is a crucial step because it will guarantee you that your home is safeguarded from flooding. A battery backup unit should also be setup to enhance protection against floods if the primary unit fails.