Melting snow and spring rains can put your basement at risk for flooding, especially if you live in an area with high water tables or your home is prone to a “wet basement.” Fortunately, you can avoid damage and expensive repairs with a sump pump. In this month’s blog, learn how it can keep your basement dry and protect your home from costly water disasters.
Benefits of a Working Sump Pump
A sump pump is installed in a collection pit (sump) in your basement or at the lowest point of your home. Using electricity to power the motor and pump, it removes any freestanding water; diverting it away from your foundation. A sump pump not only helps preserve the integrity of your home’s foundation but it offers additional levels of protection against other hazards including:
Water damage: Basement water can ruin stored household and valuables items and wreak havoc on drywall and flooring of a finished basement. Sump pumps are versatile at removing water of varying amounts, from gradual build-up to large-scale flooding; averting such disasters.
Mold and mildew growth: Stagnant water and dampness are prime conditions for mold and mildew to flourish, ruining building materials and causing health issues for those with allergies or respiratory problems. A sump pump keeps your basement dry, preventing mold and mildew growth.
Insect and pest infestations: Damp basements also create a breeding ground for insects and pests. Keeping a dry environment will help prevent infestations.
Electrical fires: Water that builds up in your basement can cause short circuits in appliances used there, such as washing machines, exercise equipment, and heating systems. Electrical arcs from these water-logged circuits can ignite a fire in your home.
Groundwater damage:Hydrostatic water pressure is frequently sufficient to force ground water through the porous composition of your foundation, even when there are no cracks or other openings to admit the flow. Installing a pump can help alleviate the pressure and automatically evacuate water as fast as it accumulates in the pit.
Rusting appliances: Any appliance in your basement made from sheet metal is susceptible to rusting from moisture. Maintaining a dry basement prevents rust and corrosion from starting, thereby preserving the lifespan of your appliances.
A Successful Sump Pump Installation
When you decide to add a sump pump to your home, let the pros take care of the installation. They will expertly install it using the latest plumbing equipment, paying particular attention to:
Knowing what sewer or water supply lines are underground before breaking through the concrete floor.
Selecting the right type of sump pump for your home’s needs.
Choosing the right location to be sure the water will discharge away from your house.
Sump Pump Installation, Service, and Repair in NH and MA
Water damage in your home is no laughing matter. It affects the health and wellbeing of your family and compromises your home’s structure. A sump pump can keep those spring showers from ruining your home. Whether you need a new installation or a replacement sump pump, our home comfort specialists are ready to get the job done. Contact us to schedule your appointment.
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