One of the most common problems in homes with basements is flooding and water damage. Water leaks develop in a number of ways. Water seeps in through poorly sealed foundation joints. Cracks in the basement floor might even let water in over time.
Luckily, modern plumbing technology makes it possible to solve your damp basement problem for good with a sump pump. With sump pumps from Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, homeowners in the Knoxville area no longer have to worry about basement flooding and the damage that comes with it.
Pedestal Sump Pumps
There are two types of sump pumps – pedestal and submersible. A pedestal sump pump has a motor mounted on a raised pedestal. A pipe goes from the bottom of the sump pit to the motor. At the bottom of the pit, a float is connected to a rod that flips the motor’s switch whenever enough water enters the pit. In effect, as water rises in the pit, the motor knows to turn on and start draining the pit.
Submersible Sump Pumps
Submersible sump pumps are fitted entirely into the sump pit, beneath the surface water. Water is filtered into the sump pump directly, instead of through a pipe. Because this makes it easier to filter the water as it passes through the pump, the risk of damage to the pump impeller is reduced. When water in the pit rises high enough, a float rises with it and flips the electrical switch.
Sump Pump Service
Depending on the amount of flooding you experience and how the water drains in your basement, you may need more work done to ensure water goes into the sump pit. French drains are a common recommendation because they force water in a single direction, toward the sump pump. The type of pump you choose depends on the amount of water that builds up in your basement when it rains. Additionally, a battery backup is recommended to ensure your sump pump keeps operating in the event of a power outage.
If you’re tired of dealing with a flooded basement every spring and want to solve the problem once and for all, call Hiller today. Our Knoxville, TN area plumbers are here to assess your situation and make specific sump pump recommendations based on your needs and your home’s unique features. Once you’ve selected a pump, we’ll have it installed quickly and to the manufacturer’s exact specifications, so that it can protect your basement the next time the water table rises above normal.