Why Every Home Should Have A Sump Pump

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I wish I would have inquired about what a sump pump is before my basement got flooded. My basement stores quite a few of my belongings, and part of it serves as my work area. Once the flooding took place, not only were quite a few of my things destroyed, but it also took weeks to get rid of the dampness.

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Why Every Home Should Have A Sump Pump

  1. 1. Why Every HomeShould Have A Sump Pump
  2. 2. I wish I would have inquired about what a sump pump is before my basement got flooded. My basement stores quite a few of my belongings, and part of it serves as my work area.Once the flooding took place, not only were quite a few of my things destroyed, but it also took weeks to get rid of the dampness.
  3. 3. Therefore, if your area is prone to excess rainfall, or if the foundation of your home is lower than the water table, you definitely need to install a sump pump in your basement.
  4. 4. what is a sump pump you ask? Well, it is a small device standing about two to three feet tall. It is ideally installed in the crawlspace, or the lowest point of the basement.A sump pit having a depth and width of 2 feet is constructed at this lowest point, so that water can flow into it, through the soil, or from the drains.
  5. 5. The sump pump is used to pump the accumulated water away from the house structure, so that the basement remains dry. I was quite shocked to learn that about 60% of US homes have wetness below the ground, and are most likely to have their basement flooded.
  6. 6.  Apart from the flooding, even a little water can cause very costly damage, as the resultant dampness provides the ideal conditions for fungus and mildew to flourish.If fungus growth is ignored, it creates an extremely unhealthy living environment, and will eventually cause structural damage as well.
  7. 7. There are two types of sump pumps, pedestal, and submersible. As the name suggests, a submersible sump pump fully rests submerged in water, and has a waterproof encasing.This pump will lie at the bottom of the soak pit, and its outlet pipe will be on top. The pumps base, through which the water is sucked in, is protected by a grate or netting, which prevents debris from entering the pump.
  8. 8. The water is pumped out through the outlet pipe, and the connecting pipe will drain the water away from your house.A pedestal sump pump on the other hand rests on a pedestal that keeps it out of the pit. The inlet pipe goes right to the bottom of the pit, for drawing out the water.
  9. 9. Both types of sump pumps usually have a pressure sensor or float activator, which makes them turn on automatically, when the sump pit starts to fill with water.You should make sure your pump has this automatic activation, because you never know if youre going to be around to switch on the pump when flooding starts to occur.
  10. 10. Now that you know what a sump pump is, the next obvious question you might be asking is what type of sump pump would be the best choice.Well, both types have their advantages and disadvantages. The submersible sump pump is costlier than the pedestal type.
  11. 11. However, it is much less noisy, as it is submerged in water. If you are on a budget and do not mind the noise than a pedestal sump pump should suffice. Whatever your choice, make sure you install a sump pump in your basement, and prevent costly damages.http://www.sumppumphelp.com

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