Florida is no stranger to heavy rainfall, severe storms, and yes, hurricanes. When it comes to protecting our properties from the damages that such harsh weather conditions can cause, one can never be too prepared. In fact, it is sometimes difficult to even be prepared enough.

It’s a tall order, but there is one specific way in which our Orlando plumbers can help. That is by installing your sump pump.

What Is a Sump Pump and What Purpose Does It Serve?

If you are unfamiliar with sump pumps, then let’s just say that you’ve been pushing your luck for too long already. The sump pump serves just one purpose, and that purpose is to pump water out of the lowest point of your home. This is an incredibly important purpose when you stop to consider the serious damage that water can do to your property.

The sump pump is strategically installed at a low point in your home where water is going to naturally travel toward. When the water hits a certain level in the sump pit — more on that in a moment — a float switch activates. The sump pump then runs until the water is pumped out of the house, falling below the point of activation once more.

You Need a Professional Sump Pump Installation

All sump pumps work with a sump pit, which is simply an excavated pit in which water can collect. There are different types of sump pumps to choose from, though. Submersible sump pumps are typically preferred and are submerged in the water in the sump pit. This makes them quieter, and the water does tend to help keep the motor cool, preventing overheating when you need the pump the most.

Pedestal pumps are used in narrow or shallow pumps. They’re noisier and don’t benefit from the cooling aspect of submersion, but they are also easier to access for troubleshooting and servicing. Submersible sump pumps may hold the advantage, but really it is the size of the sump pit that will determine which is right for your sump pump installation in Orlando or in the surrounding Central Florida area.

We Maintain and Repair Sump Pumps in Orlando

Sump pumps don’t run every day, so it is possible for problems with them to go unnoticed for a while. We recommend dumping some water into your sump pit periodically, just enough to activate the system. That way, you’ll be able to tell if it is functioning properly. It’s a good idea to have it tuned up and inspected regularly, as well. If your sump pump is not functioning properly, contact us immediately.

You never know when that big storm is going to hit, or when a burst pipe will threaten to flood your home. We specialize not only in sump pump replacement, sump pump installation, and sump pump maintenance, but also sump pump repair. We recommend a battery backup sump pump, too, so that you can pump water out even when the power is down.