Why Install a Sump Pump in Your Home?
If you have a flood-prone cellar, here are 8 compelling reasons to install a sump pump.
Keeps Crawlspace or Basement Dry
A sump pump moves water from your basement to a sewer, storm drain, or other safe location away from the residence or commercial building. A check valve prevents the water from flowing back into the building.
Pests and Mold Build-up
A dry cellar is also less vulnerable to pests and mold. Wet surfaces provide enough water for small animals and insects to survive. Mold begins to grow when airborne spores reach moisture. It can seriously harm indoor air quality, and surfaces may become slippery.
Alerts Homeowners When They Could Be at Risk
Sump pumps can be set to alert homeowners if the crawlspace or basement is in danger of being flooded. More advanced units can alert by the way of cell phones enabling the homeowner to take the necessary steps to prevent a potential catastrophic even in the basement.
The swift removal of water stops electric outlets and fixtures from getting wet. In addition to preventing costly damage, this reduces the risk of electrical shocks and fires. Shocks become especially dangerous and potentially deadly in a moist environment.
A sump pump safeguards your home’s foundation and any heating or laundry equipment in the basement. It also protects belongings that you store in this area. If a major storm occurs, you could avoid spending thousands of dollars on replacing these items.
In areas where there are aquifers, these systems are essential. They help to stabilize the soil below and around commercial buildings which help to keep the building sturdy and stable.
Sump pumps are particularly important because regular home insurance normally doesn’t cover basement flooding. It excludes damage triggered by heavy rain as well as water that comes from an overflowing lake, river, or sea.
However, a pump gives you the option to purchase a relatively inexpensive home insurance rider known as sump pump coverage. This add-on will pay for repairs if the equipment fails and your cellar suffers flooding. It costs around $150 per year.
If you decide to sell your home, a sump pump will most likely increase the selling price. Potential buyers appreciate a dry, undamaged basement, and this equipment can alleviate any concerns they have about the risk of flooding.
Basically, sump pumps make cellars safer, cleaner, healthier, and more useful. They often protect homeowners from large, unexpected repair bills. A sump pump may also give you access to better insurance coverage.
If you have a basement and or crawlspace and are looking for more information or help with the installation of a sump pump, contact All A’s Plumbing. We will be happy to help you so you can be at peace that your area is safe.