Well, that is really a subjective question. Do you really need to go to the doctor for your annual checkups? Do you really need to get the oil in your car changed as suggested? There are no laws dictating that you do such things—but you probably do because you know that they really are in your best interest. The same is true of a sump pump. You are not going to have your home repossessed for negligence if you don’t have one in place.
But the potential problems that you may run into may leave you wishing that your home was no longer your problem! The sump pump serves one function and one function only, and that is to protect your home in the instance of flooding. This is not only important in areas where heavy rains or rapid snowmelt are common. Anything, including plumbing leaks, could necessitate the type of protection that only a sump pump in Tucson has to offer.
How Do Sump Pumps Work?
Quite simply, really. They are installed solely to protect against rising waters in your home’s lowest levels. That means that they just use a float switch to start up when the water rises to a certain level. Of course, the installation of a sump pump is more complex than this simple description makes it sound.
The sump pump needs to be installed in a sump pit, which should be installed at the lowest point in your home. That sump pit needs to be excavated by qualified professionals, if you do not already have one in place. Then there is the question of which type of sump pump you’ll actually use. To some extent, the size of your sump pit will determine which type of sump pump is right for you.
- Submersible pumps are the preferred style of many homeowners. These pumps are installed below the water line in the sump pit. This helps to keep them cool when they are working hard, and it helps to muffle the sound of their operation, too. However, it requires more space than a pedestal pump, and makes accessing the pump for service a bit tougher.
- Pedestal pumps are ideal for situations where the sump pit is too small to comfortably fit a submersible pump. The equipment is exposed, so it won’t naturally cool the way that a submersible pump will. However, it is easier to access for routine service.
Size Your Pump Properly!
One reason you’ll definitely want to work with qualified plumbers when installing a sump pump is to ensure that your system is of the right size for your needs. The sump pump is going to be pretty much useless if it cannot handle the amount of floodwater that it may potentially have to deal with. We’ll determine what size of sump pump you need in gallons per minute. That way, you’ll have no worries about extensive water damage even if you do run into flooding in your home.