Sump Pumps

The possibility of water intrusion in your home is a common concern in Northern Virginia, even in the winter months. With fluctuations in the weather, flooding due to rain and melting snow is common. So, what can you do to avoid water leaking into your basement and to prevent your basement from flooding? Working with a qualified plumbing contractor like M.E. Flow to install a sump pump and a battery backup is the best solution.

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What is a sump pump?

A sump pump is a device that pumps water out of the home to a place where it can drain properly. The pump is usually placed in a pit, which is a hole dug into the lowest-lying point in a basement or crawl space. Most sump pumps are the submersible type, which means the motor and electronic components are housed within a sealed, waterproof plastic shell. The submersible pump can be placed directly in the accumulated water pit. When the sensors detect water, it activates the pump and forces the water into the drain-removing the water and taking it outside.

What else can I do to protect my home?

In addition to installing a sump pump with a battery back up or a water-powered sump pump, you may want to take other precautionary measures, like waterproofing your basement and diverting runoff water away from your home.

Why do sump pumps sometime fail and how can I avoid mine from failing?

Homeowners get busy and forget to regularly check and maintain their sump pump. It’s suggested that you check and test your sump pump every month.

More questions?

If you have any questions about the way your sump pump is operating and whether it will work when you need it to, please contact us.

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