Should I Have a Sump Pump Installed in My Home?

When you hear about a home flooding, you may think of heavy rainfall in the hurricane season that devastates certain parts of the country. The fact of the matter is, though, that many basements in our area take in water, and a hurricane is not necessary for serious water damage to occur. We get more than enough rain during the spring and summer seasons to lead to considerable water in leaky basements, and snowmelt is another fact that we must keep in mind. All things considered, any home that tends to take in any amount of water in its lowest level can benefit from the installation of a sump pump.

What Exactly Is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a mechanical device with one very specific purpose: to pump water out of the lowest level of a home in order to prevent the many problems that can stem from its presence. These include water damage, of course, but also the promotion of biological pollutants, such as mold and bacteria, which can thrive in damp, humid environments. A sump pump sits in a sump pit, which must be excavated in your property if there is not one there already. Because of this, as well as the issue of sizing the sump pump and determining the prime area for installation, only a professional technician can be trusted to do the job right. An improper sump pump installation not only risks a subpar performance and systemic problems, but serious damage to your property as well.

Choosing Your Sump Pump

There are a few factors that one must consider when choosing a sump pump for installation in his or her home. The size of the sump pump, as mentioned above, is crucial. After all, if the flow rate of water entering your basement during flooding is greater than the sump pump’s capacity to remove that water, you aren’t going to have much luck in keeping your basement dry. There is also the pump itself to choose, with both pedestal and submersible pumps available. The size of your sump pit will influence this decision. If it is big enough to accommodate the installation of a submersible pump, which rests in the pit and underwater, that’s probably the way to go. These are quieter, adn unlikely to overheat. Pedestal pumps are very handy if you have a smaller pit, though, as they are installed vertically and require little space.

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