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Wheaton IL Flooding Worries: Sump Pump Installation

Slow moving early spring storms have brought even more water to our region! Coupled with the above average snowfall we’ve had this year, there’s a real possibility of flooding. Water in the basement, garage, or even your living space can all result when snow melt, spring thaw, and heavy rains combine. Sump pumps are your first line of defense!

Wheaton IL Sump Pumps

Sump pumps are used to prevent water from accumulating in your basement. Generally, sump pumps are installed in the lowest point in your basement, where the water is likely to pool first. Sump pumps operate with a float switch: once the water accumulates to a given height, the float is lifted and the pump kicks on. Water is pumped out of your home until the float returns to its original position. Sump pumps may be installed in a hole or pit dug within your basement, to help ensure the water never gets too deep in your home!

There are two types of sump pump. One type is installed on a pedestal, generally 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall. The other type of sump pump is submersible.

Test your sump pump by pouring a pitcher full of water into the pit the pump sits in. The pump should kick on quickly, remove the water quietly and efficiently, and then shut off again. If the pump fails to do any off these tasks, the time to look into sump pump replacement is now.

Contact your Wheaton IL plumber about new sump pump installation. Selecting a new sump pump does not have to be complicated. Select a pump that is an adequate size and has adequate pumping capacity for your region. Sump pumps are available in plastic, cast iron, stainless steel, and brass. Consider having your Wheaton Plumber install a sump pump with a back up pump or battery power built in: that way your home will stay warm and dry no matter what – even if the power goes out!

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