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What’s a Sump Pump & Does My Home Need One?


South Carolina is no stranger to torrential rain and flooding. And yet, many homeowners don’t know about our sump pump services in Prosperity, SC. If your home is prone to flooding or you just want to keep your basement dry and free of the ill effects of a slab leak or high humidity, a sump pump can be very beneficial.

Let’s look at what exactly a sump pump entails and the many ways it can benefit your home. Always rely on a true professional when it comes to sump pump installation. We possess a unique set of skills and true expertise when it comes to installations and repairs.

What Is a Sump Pump?

The word “sump” simply refers to a pit or hollow in which liquid collects. A sump pump is a device that’s installed in a pit in your home, usually in the basement or lower level. 

When there’s heavy rain that causes flooding, or if you have a slab leak or a burst pipe, water can collect at the lower levels of your home, causing immense damage. The sump pump’s job is to pump out this water before it can accumulate and cause damage to your home.

You don’t even have to be home for the sump pump to switch itself on and start working. It has a mechanism that allows it to turn itself on when it detects an accumulation of water. When the water level in the tank reaches a certain level, the sump pump automatically starts pumping it out of the house and into the wastewater system. 

How Is a Sump Pump Installed?

Installation depends on the type of sump pump you want. There are two basic types of sump pumps. The aptly named submersible sump pump is submerged or placed under the water line in your sump pump basin. They’re usually hidden from view since they reside inside the sump tank. 

Pedestal sump pumps are placed on a pedestal (thus the name) and are positioned with the motor outside of the pump pit above the sump basin. Pedestal pumps are best for small basins, as the base is submerged but the motor isn’t.

Other Benefits of Sump Pumps

With our high humidity levels, your home is constantly subjected to the threat of mold infestations. Mold and mildew thrive in dark, moist, and cool areas such as basements, especially in areas with high humidity levels. By keeping your basement dry, a sump pump can put a damper on mold and mildew growth, protecting both your home and your family’s health. 

A Smart Investment in Your Home

The installation of a sump pump must be done carefully and accurately to ensure that it works as intended. If installed poorly or by someone with insufficient experience, you could find yourself dealing with expensive repairs for a home with pervasive water damage. Count on us for professional sump pump installation that’ll protect your biggest investment—your home—for many years to come. 

Contact Fulmer Heating & Cooling today for sump pump installation in Prosperity, SC!

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