Water in your basement is a big problem, particularly if it accumulates on a regular basis. Water accumulation can occur for a number of reasons: the basement of your home may be below the level of the local water table or you may live in an area that is prone to flooding. Whatever the cause, installing a sump pump is a reasonable precaution to take.
While you may be inclined to try and ignore the problem, especially if it is infrequent or if you do not spend much time down there, this is never a good idea. The regular presence of water in your basement can do some real damage to your foundation and the equipment that your basement houses. It also contributes to overall dampness, which can create ideal conditions for mold to grow.
Although you have probably heard of sump pumps, you may not be totally familiar with what they actually do. Sump pumps work to pump out any water that has accumulated in your basement. The pump may be hooked up to your main drainage system or it may simply direct the water into a subsidiary drain that travels away and downhill from your home.
Before your sump pump can pump the water out of your basement, it needs to reach it. That is why sump pumps are generally installed within a sump pit. This pit represents the lowest level in your basement where all water will flow. Once it reaches the sump pit, the water can then be pumped out.
There are two main types of sump pumps that you can have installed in your home. Pedestal sump pumps stand upright and are installed above the level of the sump pit. Submersible sump pumps, on the other hand, are found inside the sump pit itself and are sealed thoroughly within a protective housing so that water cannot get in and damage vulnerable parts.
Both types of sump pumps work fine, but pedestal sump pumps are easier and cheaper to maintain and repair because they are generally more accessible. However, submersible sump pumps often do a more thorough job because they are at the level of the water.
Many sump pump models run on electricity, but it is always a good idea to have some type of backup system in place. You can get a sump pump with a battery backup, or you can hook it up to your emergency generator. Backing up your sump pump is important because you will probably need it most during storms, when the power is more likely to go out.
Whether we did your initial sump pump installation or not, we have the skills and equipment to work on all makes and models of sump pumps. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of sump pumps or you need someone to take over the care of your current unit, call us today.