A Californian's Guide to a Sump Pump

A Californian's Guide to a Sump Pump

In other parts of the country, a sump pump is an all-too-common plumbing fixture. Sump pumps are often installed in basements, but in California, basements are not always the foundation of new construction. However, there are still homes that require these useful plumbing fixtures, whether it’s because of high water tables in the area or trouble draining water that flows into low areas of the home after a heavy rainfall. Learn more about sump pumps below, and call our team for more information.

What Is a Sump Pump?

To install a sump pump, a plumber first determines which part of your basement or crawlspace is the lowest point. Then, they dig a hole in this space so that all of the water that moves into the basement flows into the pit, also known as the sump. The pump is installed either within the sump basin (this type of pump is known as a submersible pump) or it sits atop the hole with a hose leading in (a pedestal pump).

As water flows into the room, it moves into the sump. When it rises to a certain level, a float assembly rises as well and activates a motor, which kicks in to move the water to a drain and out of the sump. If it is properly sized and running smoothly, the sump pump should be able to remove water as quickly as it enters.

Who Needs a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is necessary for homeowners with basements in areas with high water tables. Basements that are prone to flooding require some form of waterproofing so that they are not as vulnerable to mold and mildew development and so that water damage does not slowly destroy the home’s foundation.

But anyone who has ever experienced home flooding issues before may benefit. Call a technician for more information about sump pump installation, and whether it is a good choice for your home.

Call your Rancho Cucamonga, CA sump pump experts at Allstar Plumbing for more information or to schedule installation, repair, or replacement services.


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