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Not every home needs a sump pump; here in central Texas homes that are built on flood plains can benefit from a sump pump.  A sump pump is a submersible device installed in a sump pit dug at the lowest point of your house, such as the basement or crawl space. This small but important addition to your home helps prevent your home from flooding. 


Here’s how it works: Most of the time, the pump is on standby, waiting until it’s needed. When it begins to rain heavily, the soil around your house becomes oversaturated. Excess groundwater funnels toward the sump pit, and it begins to fill with water. This activates the sump pump float switch and turns on the pump. By removing water from the pit and draining it into a nearby storm drain, dry well, or detention pond, the sump pump prevents the groundwater from rising to the level of your home's floor, which could cause a flood. In this way, you can think of a sump pump as an extra piece of flood insurance!


While the benefits of sump pumps are clear, some properties need these devices more than others. We recommend installing a sump pump if any of the following is true:

  • You live in a climate that receives heavy rain. Here in central Texas, we get a decent amount of rain, sometimes too much. Unlike desert climates out west, basements here are very susceptible to flooding.

  • Your home is built on a flood-prone plot. Poorly draining soil, low-lying properties, and homes surrounded by hills are more likely to experience rising groundwater levels during heavy rains.

  • You’ve had water problems in the past. If your home has flooded before, it would be wise to install a sump pump.

  • You have a finished basement. Even if your home isn’t categorized as a high-risk property, consider protecting your underground living space with an affordable sump pump.



If you have decided a sump pump is right for your home, it’s vital to have the device installed and serviced by a plumbing expert. O&M Plumbing can meet your needs! We offer upfront, written estimates, giving you the confidence to move forward with your project. Rest assured that our fully trained, licensed, and certified professionals will guide you through the sump pump installation process so you know exactly what to expect.


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