Plumbing services have a wealth of tools, supplies, and equipment in their arsenals because different jobs may require very different techniques. One piece of plumbing equipment that every professional knows his or her way around is the sump pump. Keep reading to take a look at what a sump pump is, how it works, and how often it is used.
Sump pumps are used in basements or crawlspaces in order to maintain a level of dryness in the area. These pumps are typically small and installed in pits that have been carved out for them in the lower areas of basements and crawlspaces. The responsibility of the sump pump is simple: Keep the area dry by removing water from flooding to the outside of the building. This can reduce instances of water damage and the resulting mold, which can ultimately be protective of general health.
The mechanics behind a sump pump’s operation are easy thanks to the pit in which it is installed. When water makes its way into the sump pump pit via flooding, excess moisture, or other means, it is then taken in by the sump pump. Many pumps turn on automatically when the pit begins to fill, making this an ongoing, passive procedure. A centrifugal pump causes the impeller to rotate within the sump pump, drawing in water from the pit and ultimately sending it outdoors through a discharge pipe.
Sump pumps tend to be more popular in areas where wetness typically occurs underground; this is especially true for homes in areas where people often have to deal with flooded basements. Popularity surges in areas of low elevation, locations where large amounts of snow melt quickly, and places where both of these factors are in play. They are also commonly found in newly constructed homes.
For more information about sump pumps and other plumbing services, please feel free to call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 482-7046. We provide the Arlington area with drain cleaning, hydro jetting, water main repair, and other plumbing services. Find out more about our business by visiting our website today.