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Sump Pump Services in Littleton, MA
Water in your basement is a big problem, particularly if it accumulates on a regular basis. This happens for a number of reasons. For instance, the basement of your home may be below the level of the local water table. You also may live in an area that is prone to flooding, in which case installing a sump pump is a reasonable precaution to take. Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC is proud to offer several great sump pump products to our MetroWest area customers.
While you may be inclined to ignore the problem of water accumulating in your basement, especially if it is infrequent or if you do not spend much time down there, this is never a good idea. The regular presence of water in your basement can do some real damage to your foundation and to the possessions that your basement houses. It also contributes to overall dampness, which makes it more likely that mold will start to grow. Let us handle all of your sump pump and plumbing needs!
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What a Sump Pump Does
Although you have probably heard of sump pumps, you may not be totally familiar with what they actually do. Sump pumps work to pump out any water that has accumulated in your basement. The pump may be hooked up to your main drainage system, or it may simply direct the water into a subsidiary drain that travels away and downhill from your home.
Sump pumps are installed within sump pits, which need to be professionally excavated. This pit is dug out in the lowest point in your home, where all water will naturally flow. Once a float switch in the sump pit is activated by the water rising above a certain level, the pump starts up and the water is pumped out.
Types of Sump Pumps
There are two main types of sump pumps. Pedestal sump pumps stand upright and are installed above the water level. Submersible sump pumps, on the other hand, are installed within the sump pit itself. This allows the water to cool the pump during operation, while also muffling operating sounds.
Both types of sump pumps have their benefits. Pedestal sump pumps are easier and cheaper to maintain and repair because they are generally more accessible. However, submersible sump pumps are quieter and can be more effective in an appropriately sized pit.
Remember, your sump pump may leave you out of luck if you lose electricity. Consider a sump pump with a battery backup, or hook it up to your emergency generator. This will keep your pump running during the toughest storms, when the power is most likely to go out.
Sump Pump Maintenance and Repair
Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC provides full sump pump maintenance and repair services in the MetroWest Boston area. Whether we handled your initial sump pump installation or not, we have the skills and equipment to work on all makes and models. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of sump pumps or you need someone to take over the care of your current unit, call us today.