Have you ever experienced flooding in your basement? What about having wet or moist crawlspaces? If you have, then we want to know if you got a sump pump installed in your home. According to research, more than 60 percent of American homes endure wetness below-ground due to the presence of groundwater and this is quite normal. You simply cannot get rid of the water especially if you live in low-lying areas. The only problem is that because of such dampness, your basement or crawlspaces will be prone to the growth of mildew and mold. And you know why we hate these things. They entail health-related and respiratory hazards that may put yours or your loved ones’ lives at risk. Fortunately, technology has brought us sump pumps.
What are sump pumps?
Sump pumps used to be common fixtures in homes that are situated in areas of low elevation or where the speedy melting of snow can result to basement flooding. Today, even homes that aren’t at risk of flooding have these devices installed. These pumps are installed in the basement; crawlspace or specially designed sump pits in order to help keep the area dry. They work by pumping water out of the pit and disposing it away from the home or building.
What’s a sump anyway?
A sump is simply a well-like structure in your basement that’s responsible for collecting excess water from your house that you’ll get from rapid snow melting or continuous rain. However, you should know that problems may arise when this pit becomes full. The overflow may cause water to seep into your basement and eventually cause damages to your property. Your flooring, walls and your possessions — even your water heater system — in the basement will surely be affected even just by inch-high water. Not only that. Molds and mildew may grow in that part of your house because it is wet and cold. And this is actually more threatening than having cracks on your walls or floors.
How does a sump pump work?
Whenever your pit fills with water, the sump pump turns on. It redirects the water out of the pit or sump and through the pipes that are directed away from your property. To ensure that the water won’t flow back to your home, the pump is equipped with a check valve at its end.
These are just some basic facts that you should know about sump pumps. Next time, we’ll talk about the device’s parts for you to better understand its mechanism. Now if you need professional plumbing assistance, never hesitate to call the most reliable Coral Springs plumber! That’s us, Plumbers 911 Florida! We deliver top-notch yet affordable Coral Springs plumbing services in Florida such as drain pipe cleaning, septic tank care, camera sewer inspection and many more! Reach us by calling 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade), 954-468-0512 (Broward) or 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach)!
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