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Things to Consider When Installing a Sump Pump

Sump pumps work to prevent flooding and flood damage in your home. A trained technician installs them in your basement or similar spot, where water accrues. The pump then pulls the water into itself and ejects it out of your home via a pipe. That helps keep your household dry during heavy rains, and can do a great deal to help your insurance costs and other expenses in addition to serving as a safeguard against flood damage. Residents of Glenview, IL can take comfort in its ability to protect their homes in an emergency. But once you’ve made the decision to install a sump pump, there’s a few things you need to consider before the process begins:

The Type of Pump

Sump pumps are divided into two types, and which one you wish to use depends on your needs. Pedestal sump pumps contain an impeller at the bottom of a stand to handle the water and a motor at the top of the stand to stay clear of the water. They cost less to purchase and install, but are noisier than other sump pumps, and can be less effective as well. Submersible sump pumps, on the other hand, are designed to be placed in a pit and their motor is waterproof, so it can operate underwater. They’re more effective than pedestal models, but also more expensive, and if you can’t dig a sump pit large enough to hold it, it is not be a practical option.


The sump pump’s location is determined in large part by the lowest point of your home, where water coalesces during a flood. But you also need to ensure it has proper power – connecting it to your home’s electrical grid – and that it can properly channel the water out of your home.

Contact the pros at Reliance Plumbing, Sewer and Drainage, Inc. if you wish to install a sump pump.

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