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Is a Sump Pump Necessary?

sunny-plumbersYour home may be the biggest investment you’ll ever make in your life. It makes sense to do anything you can to protect that investment. And, even if you have great home insurance, preventing damage to your home is a must. If you don’t have a sump pump in Tucson, AZ, then you may have a major blindspot in your home protection.

When people think of sump pumps, they don’t always think of them being used in as arid a climate as ours. While it’s true that your sump pump may not be in regular operation, that’s true of any insurance policy. It’s there when you need it. We hope you don’t need to rely on your auto policy daily!

What Exactly Is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a pump installed at the lowest point in a home. Why? Because, in the event of flooding, the water follows gravity’s natural path to that lowest point.

A sump pump sits in a sump pit, which is typically excavated in the concrete slab of the property. The pump itself may sit above the water level (pedestal pump) or below the water level (submersible pump). Each has its benefits.

  • Submersible pumps are quieter in operation than pedestal pumps. The water that they are submersed in dampens operating sounds. The water also helps to keep the pump cool as it runs, protecting the system.
  • Pedestal pumps are ideal for smaller sump pits. They are noisier, due to operating above the waterline. However, they are also more accessible than submersible pumps. That makes servicing them easier.

How Does It Work?

Sump pumps are very simple. They are activated by a float switch. As the water level rises, that float switch rises along with it. When it rises to the activation point, the sump pump turns on. Then it pumps that water out of your home, and shuts back down once the float switch falls back below the activation point.

Got It. But Why Do I Need One?

Here in Tucson, we don’t deal with heavy rains much. We certainly don’t have a bunch of snow lying around at the end of winter that can rapidly melt off, leading to residential flooding. We do have all of the same plumbing systems and appliances that other homes have, though. We’ve got water heaters. Water mains. Supply lines.

And all of those can rupture and leak.

That’s not going to be a good situation, any way you slice it. But it’s a much worse situation if you don’t have anything in place to deal with that water. You don’t want to go through your supply of bath, dish, hand towels, trying to soak up gallon after gallon of water.  And you won’t be able to even try if you’re not home when it happens.

Insurance. Like we said. You may not need it often—but when you need it, you really need it!

Schedule your plumbing services with The Sunny Plumber Tucson. Bright and Shiny and Won’t Show Our Hiney.

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