A sump pump is a device that is designed to remove water that has accumulated in a sump pit. A sump pit is a small hole or basin that is usually located in the basement or crawl space of a home. The sump pit is designed to collect water that has entered the home through drains or by natural water migration through the soil.
When the water in the sump pit reaches a certain level, the sump pump automatically turns on and pumps the water out of the pit and away from the home. The water is typically pumped to a storm drain or other appropriate location.
The primary reason is to prevent water damage to your home. If water is allowed to accumulate in your basement or crawl space, it can cause serious damage to your foundation, walls, floors, and personal belongings. Water can also lead to mold growth, which can be dangerous to your health.
A sump pump can help prevent these issues by removing water from your home before it has a chance to cause damage. It can also help protect your home from flooding during heavy rains or other weather events.
In addition to preventing water damage, a sump pump can also increase the value of your home. Many homebuyers look for homes that have sump pumps installed, as it is a sign that the homeowner has taken steps to protect the property from water damage.
Without the proper maintenance, a sump pump may fail right when you need it. Simple preventative maintenance could save you the cost of cleaning up a flooded basement. Use the following tips to help keep your sump pump in good condition.
Your sump pump will display some distinct characteristics if it needs to be repaired or replaced. Contact a plumber if you encounter any of these signs:
Now that the weather is warming up, we’ll experience snow melt coming from the high country that could raise the water table around your home. Late spring is a particularly important time to check and replace your sump pump.
If you are considering installing a sump pit or sump pump in your home, it is important to choose the right size and type for your specific needs. Contact the licensed plumbers at Bell Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical to assist you with your sump pump needs. Call us today!
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