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All You Need To Know About Sump Pumps

With spring just around the corner, many communities will be seeing more rainfall. And you might be wondering why a common topic of discussion would be about sump pumps. If you don’t know what they are and why they can be necessary, we will clear up all of your questions and help you decide if you should be looking into a sump pump installation for your home.

What Is A Sump Pump

A sump pump is a submersible pump placed in a sump pit at the lowest point in your home. This low spot is generally in the basement or crawl space. And the job of this small pump is to prevent your home from flooding. When the rainy season begins, the soil around your home can quickly become saturated, causing it to flood your home. With a sump pump, water flows into the sump pit, and as it fills with water, the sump pump removes the water by pumping it through a pipe and away from your home’s foundation.

One of the best features of a sump pump is that it automatically runs when the sump hole’s water level rises and activates the float switch. So you can stop worrying about water seeping into your basement when there is a heavy downpour or even when the spring thaw hits and mountains of snow melt into water.

The Benefits Of A Sump Pump

A sump pump is a small investment that offers a huge return. Think of it as a very affordable insurance policy against water damage to your home and your belongings. Specific perks include:

  • Protects your basement and home from flooding
  • Protects paint and wall finishes from peeling due to excessive moisture
  • Prevents water damage to expensive appliances in the basement like washers, dryers, and furnaces
  • Reduces mold and mildew by eliminating excessive moisture
  • Keeps away termites and other insects that seek an ample supply of water or moisture
  • Improves indoor air quality
  • Helps keep your foundation dry for fewer structural concerns
  • Keeps your basement usable year-round
  • Meets the homeowner’s insurance requirement for basement flood damage coverage

Do You Need A Sump Pump?

The benefits are very easy to understand. But if you have a home that does not have a sump pump, you could be wondering if the installation of one is just a waste of money. Some properties need a sump pump more than others. But if you are concerned at all about the potential of a flood in your home, a sump pump is a very cost-effective solution. Sump pumps are typically seen in homes that meet the following requirements:

  • There is a substantial amount of snow or rain in the region. These environments are more likely to experience flooding than a desert region.
  • If the lot you own is prone to flooding due to poor drainage or a flood plain, a sump pump is a wise investment.
  • Once you have experienced a flood, you will quickly see the value of a sump pump. If you flood once, it can always happen again. A sump pump is a small investment to eliminate a significant amount of stress and expense in the event of another flood or torrential rain.
  • If you have a finished basement, a sump pump is a minimal investment to protect the significant cost of finishing and furnishing that sublevel living space.

To learn more about sump pump installation and receive a free price quote, call (570) 483-9194. A Freedom Flow Plumbing licensed plumber will evaluate your home and the need for a sump pump installation to protect your home and belongings.