Is your basement prepared for flooding during the wettest seasons of the year? If you don’t have a sump pump, then the answer is always going to be a no. A sump pump will be nothing short of your greatest line of defense against basement flooding or indeed any form of water damage to your home that is caused by the elements.
Why Is This?
During the wetter seasons when there is heavy rainfall, it’s typical for water to pool around the foundation of your home and therefore your basement. Many homes do not have a foundation that is fully waterproof and if that’s the case then your basement is always going to be at risk of flooding.
One of the best ways to avoid this risk of flooding is a sump pump installation. This piece of equipment is ideal because it fits into the crawl space or basement and will remove any excess water from around your home.
How A Sump Pump Works
In the crawl space or basement of the property, there will be a hole which is known as the sump pit. It’s exactly as it sounds – a hole in the ground. When water comes into the basement it always naturally flows to this area. The reason for this is that the sump pit is lower than the rest of the basement.
At the base point of the sump pit is the sump pump. This will remove excess water from the basement. The sump pump will activate as soon as the sump pit fills up with water. It will immediately begin pumping the water out.
The pump works with a centrifugal pumping action. After the float switch is lifted a motor within the pump switches on. The motor begins to spin which creates a centrifuge inside the pump. This generates the level of force required which then pushes the water out and away through the discharge line.
There are two different types of sump pumps available to choose from. You can either select a submersible or a pedestal pump. One is located in the sump pit whereas the other is above the waterline. Both will ensure that your home is protected from damage.
What Happens To Your Basement Without A Sump Pump
Without a sump pump, there will be nothing to remove the water from your basement. So, if your foundations aren’t fully waterproof then water will get inside the home and remain there. There are other options to ensure that your home is protected however a sump pump is one of the most reliable and indeed highly recommended.
This is shown by the fact that many home insurance providers won’t even cover basement damage from flooding if you don’t have a working sump pump installed.
You also need to consider the additional issues that are caused even when small amounts of water enter the basement. It will often lead to mold developing causing a hazardous environmental issue inside your home.
We hope this helps you understand why a sump pump will always be your greatest defence from a basement flooding.