Climate change has intensified the heaviest downpours. Thousands of homes, specifically those located in low-lying areas, are likely to be affected by flooding. There’s not much you can do to prevent heavy rains. It’s beyond our control. But there’s something you can do to protect your home against flooding – install a sump pump.
At Goode Plumbing, we offer sump pump installation and repair service in Des Plaines, IL. We understand how vital a well-working sump pump is, so we never cut corners. We install only the best quality products in the market and replace your existing unit with the highest quality parts.
A sump pump can help prevent basement flooding and protect your foundation against water-related damages. But you have to install the right sump pump properly to gain the mentioned benefit.
Sump pumps come in two main types: submersible and pedestal pumps.
Submersible sump pumps: As the name implies, this sump pump is completely submerged in the sump pit’s water. The pump body and motor are housed in one casing. Since the sump pump is entirely underwater, you can cover the sump pit with a lid. This will prevent debris from falling into the pit and also reduce the pump’s noise. It’s robust and ideal. Unfortunately, this type is expensive and needs space in the sump basin.
Pedestal sump pumps: It’s called a “pedestal pump” because its motor component is mounted above the sump pit. It’s usually used when the sump pit isn’t big enough to accommodate the submersible type.
Most primary sump pumps are electric-powered. So here’s the problem: there’s a chance for a power outage when there’s a heavy downpour. When there’s no electricity, the primary sump pump won’t be able to get rid of water that flows to the basement. That’s why you should also get a water- or battery-powered backup sump pump, particularly if you have valuables in the basement. A backup will give you peace of mind when the weather goes bad, and the power goes out.
Sump pump size refers to its water pumping strength measured in horsepower. If there’s only an intermittent water intrusion in your place, a sump pump with a ⅓ horsepower rating will do.
But there are many considerations when sizing up a sump pump, so it’s best to ask a sump pump installation and repair expert in Des Plaines, IL for accurate size calculation. Note that the sump pump needs to be big enough to handle the expected water volume and powerful enough to get it outside. Otherwise, your sump pump wouldn’t be helpful.
The sump pump core can be made of cast iron or thermoplastic. Cast iron sump pumps usually have a longer life span because the material helps dissipate heat to the equipment’s surrounding water. The downside of this material is its cost – it’s more expensive than its plastic counterpart.
On the other hand, the thermoplastic material is less costly. And while this plastic sump pump is also built to last and doesn’t succumb to rust, it may still have a shorter lifespan since the impeller will be made of plastic as well and is susceptible to damage.
Goode Plumbing has been installing and repairing sump pumps for many years. With every sump pump installation and repair project in Des Plaines, IL, we make sure the work and the products are of the highest quality so you can enjoy a flood-free basement on a rainy day.
Ready to install a sump pump or have your damaged sump pump fixed? Contact us at (773) 295-7773.