The Importance of Sump Pumps
An estimated sixty percent of all homes in the country have trouble with wetness and dampness in their basements. Furthermore, most of those homes also have to be conscious of the looming threat of flooding, especially in the springtime when the snow begins to melt in masses. If you’ve ever had a flooded basement, you know the amount of damage water can cause and the amount of money it can take to fix that damage. Fortunately, sump pumps help solve that problem – not only by installing one, but also maintaining it.
Dealing with the Spring Thaw
When the warmer temperatures begin to arrive in spring, and winter releases its icy grip, at least three months’ worth of snow begins to turn to water. Add the spring rainfall to this mix, and your home and plumbing need to be prepared to take on the wet challenges they face. If your home is not properly equipped to deal with the deluges showered on it from the sky and the ground, your home can sustain some serious damages. Flooded basements can cause multiple issues: initial water damage, damage of property in the basement, developing mold and mildew, and even cracks in the foundation. For home owners, your first defense against these possible catastrophes is a well-maintained sump pump.
How Sump Pumps Work
A sump pump is a plumbing device that is installed in a basement or crawl space to help eliminate water and keep subterranean areas dry. The pump is installed in a sump pit that is constructed to fill with water and pump it away from the home. The sump pit is dug slightly lower than the rest of the basement floor in order to allow the water to naturally flow into it. Because of the design of a sump pump to contain and drain water, the pump can help lower the water table in the foundation of the house even when there is no additional water coming in from rains or flooding.
The Benefits of Having a Sump Pump
Having a sump pump in your home offers multiple benefits. Of course, they safeguard against flooding and help control humidity and dampness in the basement, which in turn helps prevent mold and mildew from growing and helps prevent against infestations of insects and rodents. Keeping the moisture in your basement controlled also prevents rust or humidity damage to any metal or furniture. Sump pumps also increase the value of your home by keeping it structurally sound.
Choosing Your Sump Pump
Crawford Mechanical provides the pumps and installations necessary to help safeguard your home. When buying a sump pump, there are numerous options to consider. Do you need a submersible or pedestal pump? Battery or electric? Can you install a secondary pump? These different questions should be handled by an expert at Crawford who can walk you through every step of the process and ensure your home is protected. Call us today!