Sump Pump Installation
If your basement or underground crawl space floods during times of heavy rainfall, a sump pump is a valuable piece of equipment to get the water out and prevent damage to your home. The lower level of homes flood more often in lower areas, but no matter where you are located in Little Rock, you can rely on the plumbing experts at BR McGinty. Our professional team offers high-quality, affordable sump pump installation throughout Little Rock.
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What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a device installed at the lowest area of your property (called a sump) for it to pump water out before the area gets flooded. When the water level in the sump reaches a certain danger level, it will activate the sump pump that will start pumping the water out. Installing a sump pump is the most effective way to keep your basement or crawl space dry.
Why Do Basements Flood?
Poor construction or a faulty foundation are not always the only cause of basement flooding. Sometimes, water may run toward the house and accumulate inside if the house is built in an area with a low water table or if the natural drainage isn’t adequate. Areas that receive strong storms with high levels of rain at one time result in even worse flooding. Water can also build up behind the foundation of the house and increase pressure to the point that it causes structural damage, which is known as hydrostatic pressure, and it is usually relieved by installing a sump pump.
Even a small amount of water damage caused by flood may cost thousands of dollars to be repaired. Although sump pump installation will not guarantee that you will be 100% safe from flooding, it can help lower the risk and cost of flooding damages.
Sump Pump Installation Cost
Many factors can affect the cost of your Little Rock sump pump installation, such as the type of pump, the kind of flooring that you have, the location of where the pump will be installed, and your geographical location. Our team of experts can help you decide which sump pump is right for your property and budget.
Sump Pump Installation Process
Sump pumps are most effective at removing water from under your basement floor when located in the lowest spot of the floor. If the sump cannot be located in the lowest spot, a PVC feed line should be run through the floor from the lowest spot to the sump pump location. Our plumbers can identify the right placement for your sump pump and perform the installation quickly and accurately.
Is DIY Sump Pump Installation a Good Idea?
Because installing a sump pump involves various steps that require advanced technical knowledge and precision, sump pump installation is NOT a DIY project. It should be handled by professionals to ensure that it will function correctly during a flood.
Can a Sump Pump Extension Cord Be Used?
No. Sump pumps deal with floodwater, and an extension cord is at high risk of being submerged into water and may cause electrocution. For the safety of you and your family, a dedicated outlet must be installed on top of your sump pump.
How Often Should I Clean My Sump Pump?
We recommend that you clean your sump pump at least every 3 to 4 months after installation. This is very necessary, especially if you are using the pump to dispose of water from your washing machine.