What Is A Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a device that is designed to pump out water from the lowest section of the home basement. They may be necessary for homes with wet basement problems, or in low-lying down river areas where water tables are high.
Aids To Sump Pump
For homes in an area where flooded basements are a major concern, industry sources suggest additional measures be undertaken. These may include having patios, outdoor pools, or slabs re-leveled to direct water away from the house foundation. Installing or repairing gutters to accomplish the same is also suggested.
Having an additional sump pump installed with a battery backup would serve in emergent situations such as power outages or mechanical failure of the primary sump pump.
Benefits Of A Sump Pump
- Homes in areas where there is concern for water table levels, sump pumps help keep the foundation intact.
- Sump pumps help with the overall cleanliness of the home. They minimize or eliminate mold, rot, rust, and unhealthy air occurring in the home.
- Sump pumps help keep insect or termite infestation at bay.
- Sump pumps may help protect wall coverings or paint from peeling.
- Sump pumps keep any metal appliances rust and/or corrosion-free.
- As a result of minimal dampness, the overall climate in the basement remains more stable.
Purchasing A Sump Pump
Some resources recommend the purchase of a sump pump if found to be absolutely necessary. If measures can be taken to divert water-flow toward the foundation, implementation of such may address occurrence of basement flooding. One can purchase a sump pump through independent retailers, waterproofing contractors, or plumbing wholesalers. They range in price from $60.00 to over $500.00. Noted, is most sump pump manufacturers offer a limited one-year warranty.
The two types of sump pumps are submersible, or pedestal. The pedestal pumps have a longer life span, but the submersible pumps can be installed underneath the floor with an air-tight lid, provided the sump basin permits installation. It is strongly suggested to purchase a sump pump with a cast iron core over plastic.
Test regularly to Ensure proper working of the check valve so water does not return to the basement.
During periods of inactivity, occasionally dump a few gallons of water into the pump to ensure proper functioning.
Contact a professional if necessary or for peace of mind from their expertise.