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Pump It Up

Storms in the Midwest can be scary. Threats of high winds sweeping through the prairies, continual lightning strikes, downed trees and branches, hail the size of quarters, heavy rainfall and let’s not forget the good ole tornado are common here in Indiana. One of the most important and cost-effective things you can do to save your home from damage is to have a high quality, working sump pump with a battery backup.

Sump pumps are pretty straight forward machines. The sump pump’s job is to keep your home dry. They are installed in your home, in the lowest part of your basement or crawl space, and usually in specially constructed sump pits. These sump pits are a two-foot deep, gravel-based hole. This is where water flows. Water in your home can come from drains, a burst pipe, leaking water heater, or even the soil around your house or through your foundation. As the pit is filled with water, it triggers a sensor on your sump pump letting it know to get to work. The water is then pumped out of the sump pit by your sump pump through a pipe attached to the sump pump. It is pumped out of your home and away from your foundation to a place where it can drain safely. The pipe that pumps the water out of your home has a check valve. This check valve makes sure the water can only flow one way- out. 

Sump pumps are run by your home’s electricity. They can be plugged into a grounded (GFCI) outlet. Should your power go out and you do not have a battery back-up or a whole home generator, the sump pump will not be able to run. A battery back-up can last up to an average of 53 hours. If your sump pump is working continuously to get water from your home (working once per minute), it may only work for 12 hours. A battery back-up for your sump pump should be a no-brainer.

Sump pumps can easily be forgotten about until it is too late. A sump pump usually lasts 8-10 years but check your sump pump twice a year to make sure it is still working as it should be. A wet house is a dangerous house. Should you ever need help with your sump pump, Godby has trained plumbers on call. We can replace and install any brand sump pump and battery back-up. Our plumbers can assess what type of sump pump would be best for your home. Make sure to ask a Godby plumber about water sensors that can alert you when there is water in your home. 

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