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Could You Use a Sump Pump?

Sump pumps are powerful tools that help protect our homes from an influx of floodwaters. If your home has a deep basement, which many homes do, then you could be at risk for a basement flood which can be a problem for many reasons. So, why are we talking about this today?

The most important reason to mention sump pumps is to help homeowners understand what they’re for. If you’ve ever encountered a flooded basement or a sudden wash of rain that threatens to flood a section of your home, then you might need a sump pump installation in Olympia, WA.

The second reason we want to talk about this subject is simple—temperatures are cooling as winter quickly approaches. Snow will fall, ice will coagulate, and you might see a few warm days when all of the snow begins to melt. This can easily flood areas like a basement if you’re not protected by a sump pump.

What Do Sump Pumps Do?

In order for us to convey just how important a sump pump is to our customers, we need to talk about what it is they actually do. So, let’s get into the two main components of a sump pump, the sump and the pump.

The Sump

The sump is the component that actually collects the rainwater that might end up flooding your basement. Instead of just draining naturally, or getting caught in your basement until its drained out, the sump is a hole drilled in the foundation of your home where it can catch floodwaters in one place, leaving the rest of your basement dry. Then, once the sump system fills up, the pump can activate.

The Pump

The pump is the component that actually pushes the water out of the sump pump and to an area of your property where it can naturally drain away from your house. This is an intricate process, which is why a professional should always be the one to install your sump pump, but it works and is incredibly useful in those moments with a lot of rainfall or melting ice and snow.

They’re More Useful in Rainy Areas

Our area gets a lot of rain, and we also see all four seasons, which means that precipitation is our bread and butter. Floods can happen, and even if you haven’t seen one in a few years, you might still encounter one at the worst possible moment. All of the antique furniture, electrical appliances, and even the wooden support beams to your home could be rotted out and destroyed with just one bad flood.

Sump pumps are more useful in our area because of how much precipitation we see. All of that rain, the flooding, and even a once-in-a-lifetime event can be circumvented with the help of a sump pump system that’s installed by a professional. This isn’t just a product that our team installs and repairs, it’s something that can be useful in a pinch during an emergency.

American Pump and Drilling has your back. We can install a sump pump or repair your existing system. Just contact us today!

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