29 Jul

What Is A Sump Pump?

what-is-a-sump-pumpHas your basement ever flooded? Have you ever had consistently wet or moist crawlspaces? If your answer is yes to both questions, we want to know, do you even have a sump pump at home? Learn more about sump pumps and why they’re important to homes. Read our blog today!

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Did you know that according to research, over 60 percent of American homes tolerate wetness in their basements and other below-ground rooms because of the presence of ground water. The truth is, the water cannot be removed when you live in a low-lying area. You’ll have to deal with the dampness and hope that it won’t lead to many issues such as the growth of mold and mildew. When these things grow in the basement or in your crawlspaces, the health of your loved ones will be put at risk. Fortunately, technology has brought sump pumps for us to take advantage of.

What are sump pumps?


Sump pumps are common plumbing fixtures in properties that are built in areas with low elevation or those places where the melting of snow can eventually lead to flooding. These pumps are installed to prevent flooding in the basement and to keep crawlspaces dry and moist-free. They are placed in sump pits where they function by pumping water out of the hole and removing it from the property.

What are sumps?


Sumps are well-like structures that are usually found in basements of homes and properties. They collect excess ground water that usually results from rapid snow melting or a rain shower that has went on for hours. All this water can fill the pit and when it overflows, water will seep out and flood your basement. You know what will happen next. Your walls, floors and your belongings may get damaged. Even your water heater in the basement will be at risk of damage. Mildew and molds may soon grow because the basement is cold, wet and dark.

How do sump pumps work?


When the pit gets filled with water, sump pump will automatically turn on. It will move the water out of the sump and transport it away from the house or property through the pipes. To make sure that the liquid won’t flow back out, the pump is equipped with a functional check valve.

We hope that we have answered the question, “What is a sump pump?” If you need one installed or repaired, just call the most reliable Pleasant Hill plumbers. Plumbers 911 Missouri provides local plumbing services in Pleasant Hill MO including sump pump installation, septic tank installation, backflow prevention, sewer camera inspection, drain cleaning and many more! Call us at 816-326-8643 to schedule a service!

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To all our friends and customers regarding COVID-19

We will get through this together To say we are living in “unprecedented” challenging times would be an understatement. We hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy. We would like to list a few pieces of information and websites that we think will be helpful for you during this time.

  • To get the most current information on the COVID-19 virus, please check the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) website at: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html
  • icon showing hand under faucet with large water droplets falling on hand Please wash your hands frequently. Washing with soap and water for twenty seconds is the preferred method, however when water is not available, please use an alcohol based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
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  • For those of you with children that are looking for something fun to do, there are virtual field trips you can take with your kids that are fun and educational. Here is a link: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner

Plumbers are considered essential workers during this time and we will continue to work as our number one priority is to “protect the health of the nation.” Stay well, stay safe and we will get through this together.

Your Friends at Plumbers 911

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