Here in Phoenix, we don’t exactly have to worry about snowfall in winter. One thing that we do occasionally deal with (if we’re lucky) is rainfall. Now, rain may be considered a blessing in a desert climate like ours, but it can also bring a number of problems along with it. Flooding is a very real issue for people with basements or crawlspaces, even during more moderate rainfall. So, if you have a part of your home that may be especially vulnerable to flooding, you should take a look at installing a sump pump this fall. Read on for more information about sump pumps, and how they protect your home from flooding.
What Is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a device designed to protect a single area from flooding. It won’t defend against torrential floods, but that’s not exactly a problem in Arizona. First, a pit is dug at the lowest point of the area the pump will protect. This pit is called the “sump.” The sump pump is then installed either in or directly above the sump, along with a pipe that runs out of the house. As water flows into the area, it naturally moves downhill and into the sump. Once the water level in the sump has reached a certain point, the sump pump activates and pumps the water out of the house.
Advantages of a Sump Pump
The whole point of the sump pump is to prevent an area from flooding. While this may seem like a trivial and unnecessary thing in an environment like ours, keep in mind that even a small amount of water damage can result in thousands of dollars spent on repairs. You don’t want to deal with having part of your home flood, even if it’s only an inch of water.
If you’d like to install a sump pump in your home, call The Sunny Plumber. We install sump pumps throughout Phoenix, AZ.