Sump Pumps: A Basement’s Best Friend

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What Is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is an invaluable device that protects your basement and crawl space by pumping water from the lowest levels away from your home so it can drain safely.  The use of a sump pump is a smart and proactive way to prevent flooding and moisture buildup, averting a potentially nightmarish situation resulting in thousands of dollars in damage.  In other words, a sump pump is your basement’s best friend!

Why Do I Need a Sump Pump?

Anyone interested in protecting their home’s safety and value needs a sump pump!  Any type of improper drainage or precipitation, including melted snow, poses a serious threat to your foundation.

Just a few reasons to get a sump pump include:

  • Flood prevention
  • Stopping moisture that breeds harmful mildew and mold
  • Lowered home insurance premiums (most insurers require you to have a sump pump)
  • Increased home value

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

Most sump pumps use centrifugal force (use of inertia) to suck up water and drain it away from the home via pipes.  To put it simply, a sump pump acts as a kind of vacuum, sucking up water from a hole in the ground known as a sump pit.  A sump pit is generally 2 feet deep and 18 inches wide.  Once the water reaches a certain level, the sump pump, powered by electricity, automatically switches on and pumps water out of your basement or crawl space before it becomes a disaster.

What Are the Different Types of Sump Pumps?

There are two main types of sump pumps:  submersible and pedestal.  A submersible pump is waterproof and resides entirely in the sump pit, while a submersible pedestal pump resides outside of the pit (generally above the pit) and sucks the water out of the pit via an inlet pipe.  Pedestal pumps are less expensive, but they are also much noisier.

D-Bug Is Your Sump Pump Specialist!

D-Bug specializes in the installation of various types of sump pumps, including battery backup sump pump systems (extremely valuable if your power goes out), regular commercial grade sump pumps, and sewage grinder sump pumps.  We also replace sump pump switches and floats.

All of our sump pumps come with a 1 year renewable warranty that includes cleaning for the duration of your warranty.  We also install sump pumps in almost all of our interior French drains.

Because sump pumps are run by electricity, it is crucial to ensure that your sump pump is properly wired by a specialist.  Our expertise in electrical wiring allows us to make sure your sump pump is powered effectively and safely.

Our family owned business has been serving your neighbors in Western PA for over 79 years. We look forward to serving you.
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