Are you prepared for the rainy season? If you don’t already have a sump pump in your San Francisco Bay Area home, consider installing one to prevent rising groundwater from entering and damaging your home. Many types of sump pumps are available today, so it can be challenging to make a confident selection. Use this guide to help you choose the right sump pump features for your home. 

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  • Consider your needs: How large is the lowest level of your home? How often does flooding occur in your area? How much water do you need to pump out? A professional can help you answer these questions to help you begin the process of choosing the right sump pump. 
  • Compare the two main types of sump pumps: Sump pumps come in two primary forms—submersible and pedestal. Submersible pumps are placed in the sump pit and are designed to operate while underwater. Pedestal pumps are mounted above the sump pit and work while out of the water. Submersible pumps are generally more expensive than pedestal pumps but offer greater durability, efficiency, and quiet operation. 
  • Look at the horsepower: A sump pump’s horsepower determines how much water it can remove. A 1/3 HP sump pump provides average water removal, while 1/2 and 3/4 HP models address above-average needs. Work with a professional to help you choose a powerful enough pump to meet your needs. 
  • Install a backup system: Power outages are common during heavy storms, which is when you need your sump pump the most. A setup with a secondary pump or battery backup system ensures your home stays dry even if the power goes out. Everyone should consider some form of sump pump backup, especially if the home’s lowest level is used as a living space or storage area for valuables and keepsakes. 
  • Consider the noise level: The operating sound of a sump pump can be annoying if it’s located in a living area. If noise is a concern, choose a pump with a low decibel rating. Also, remember that submersible pumps allow the sump pit to be covered with a lid, reducing the noise level even further.  
  • Hire a professional to install your sump pump: Sump pump installation is not a DIY project. Knowledge and experience are required to install the pump correctly, make sure it works effectively, and help it last as long as possible. Once you’ve invested in a pump and had it professionally installed, remember to test the check valve regularly to ensure it functions properly when you need it most. 

If you own a home or business in the San Francisco Bay Area, turn to Trinity Liquid Waste for the sump pump services you need. We offer sump pump installation, repair, and maintenance to help keep your property safe and dry. Our team boasts over 25 years of industry experience, and we are dedicated to providing the best customer service possible. For more information about choosing a sump pump or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 510-874-6489 today.