Does Your Home Need a Sump Pump?

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Does your home have a basement? Then you might want to consider the installation of a sump pump if your home is not equipped with one. We certainly have our rainy seasons here in Denver, CO, and significant snow melt each spring. If you have noticed that your basement takes on water during these times, the best way to handle the removal of this water, and prevent flooding, is with the addition of a sump pump.

How a Sump Pump Works

There are two types of sump pumps available for homeowners: submersible and pedestal, which is an elevated sump pump. Most cellars have what is known as a “sump pit,” which is where excess water drains during times of substantial precipitation or snow melt. Without a pump, this water can sit and stagnate, or worse, continue to accumulate and flood your cellar. Both types of sump pumps have an arm equipped with a lever that rises with the water level; once the lever reaches a certain height, the pump turns on, and through a separate drainage portal, expels the excess water from your home.

Why Install a Sump Pump?

Clearly the first reason to install a sump pump is to prevent flooding in your basement area, but it is the second reason that may actually be more important: removing the excess water from your basement. Excess water can lead to a number of problems, including significant mold and mildew development and foundation issues. Water that can seep into your foundation soaks the foundation materials and breaks them down over time; this can weaken your foundation, which can turn into a very serious issue.

The experts at Bell Plumbing and Heating have years of experience installing and servicing sump pumps. We can help you choose the right type of sump pump for your home, install it and service it as needed. Call us today and see how a sump pump can help your home in Denver, CO!

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