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Preventing a Flooded Basement with a Sump Pump


One of the more common and disastrous problems that homes face in this area is a flooded basement. This can happen because of a plumbing accident or it can come from the rain. But no matter the cause, it’s a huge issue that can create trouble long after the main danger is gone. Water damage remediation is an expensive and prolonged process. The best way to deal with flooding in a basement is to find a way to stop it right as it starts.

This is where the sump pump is invaluable.

What Is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a motorized pump that is designed to remove excess water from a low part of a house (the basement or a crawlspace) automatically and move it into the municipal wastewater system or a dry well.

A sump pump consists of the two parts of its name. The sump is a hole that’s excavated in the basement at its lowest point. This is where excess water runs automatically and gathers. The pump itself is either placed above the sump (a pedestal pump) or down in it (a submersible pump). The electrical motor of the pump turns on when the water level reaches a certain point. A float switch will trigger activation, usually. The pump draws the water out of the sump and through a pipe that connects to the wastewater system. The sump pump will continue to operate until the water is removed from the sump.

If you’ve had trouble with water in your basement before, then there’s a danger of major flooding at some point in the future. It’s best to contact a professional plumber to arrange for a sump pump installation. The plumber can locate the right type and horsepower of the pump for your needs, and then have it installed so that it will do the exact job you need from it.

To arrange for the installation of a sump pump in your house, contact the professional plumbers at Mallick Plumbing & Heating. We offer service in Potomac, MD and the surrounding areas.