Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes
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Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes

Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.


Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes

Sump Pump 101: Two Commonly Asked Questions

Carla Taylor

A flooded basement presents a serious threat--and not just to the things you have stored there, but to the foundation of your home as well. A sump pump is one of the best ways to keep your basement dry. If you are curious about sump pumps but would like to learn more, read on. This article will answer two of the most common questions:

1. How do sump pumps work?

Most people have an incorrect understanding of how sump pumps work. They think that the appliance comes on only after the basement has flooded. But in fact a sump pump goes to work long before any flooding has begun. You see, sump pumps don't wait for the water to reach floor height; they work by removing water from the sump tank, a special pit dug into the floor of your basement. 

Because the sump tank is located below floor level, it acts as a gathering pool for any water that may be building up around the outside of your home. When the water inside of the tank reaches a preset height, the pump comes on automatically. The excess water is then directed a safe distance from your home through a special discharge pipe.

2. Is it going to take up a lot of room?

If you're like most people, your basement is probably crowded enough as it is. The last thing you want to have to do is make room for another bulky appliance. Luckily for you, though, most sump pumps are relatively non-invasive, and don't need much floor space at all.

Sump pumps come in two main varieties: pedestal and submersible pumps. A pedestal pump is designed to sit on the floor of your basement--in other words, above the sump tank itself. The pump is about the same size as a small air-compressor, meaning it won't take up much space. But if you've got an especially tight basement, you might consider a submersible pump instead.

A submersible pump is located down inside of the actual sump tank. In other words, this set-up doesn't require any floor space at all. The only thing you'll even see is the lid of the tank, set flush against the floor. Be aware, however, that because submersible pumps require water-tight engineering and extra durability, their price tag is usually somewhat higher than their above-ground brethren.    

 Bottom Line

Unlike many home appliances, a sump pump is much more than just a luxury--it's an investment in the future of your home. And because it can stave off the threat of costly water damage, a good sump pump will end up paying for itself many times over. To leanr more, contact a company for additional reading and help.