Sump Pump Service Benefits
Some homes have sump pumps and others do not. You may wonder exactly what a sump pump is, and why would a house need one?
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is an electrical or battery operated unit that is designed to pump excess water out of your basement. A sump pump sits in a square or circular hole, called a sump pump pit. The sump pump pit is installed in the lowest level of your home, where water collects in your basement.
A sump pump will pump out any water that accumulates in the sump pump pit. It pumps the extra water into a drain that carries it out and away from your home. Thus, a sump pump prevents standing water, or flooding, in your basement. It keeps your home dry and prevents water damage to your home.
A sump pump is installed if your house is built below the level of the water table. A sump pump will kick the water out before your basement fills up with water.
What are the Benefits of a Sump Pump
The advantages of a sump pump are varied. First of all, regardless if your basement is infrequently used, only used for storage, or is finished and used on a regular basis, a sump pump will protect your home from water damage.
Even in a home with a basement that is rarely used, the sump pump protects the foundation from any structural damage.
Secondly, a sump pump will prevent standing water in your basement. This is important to prevent the growth and spread of mold and mildew.
Third, a sump pump prevents your home from flooding. If you live close to a river or lake, rising water levels may require you to install a sump pump. A flooded basement will ruin any belongings that are stored there.
Fourth, a sump pump can prevent a fire. If your home floods, you are at risk for an electrical fire to occur. There can be many electrical appliances in your basement that could cause a fire if water levels cover the electrical outlets: water heaters, furnaces, laundry appliances, televisions, dehumidifiers and other electrical appliances.
Why do I Need a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a critical unit to install in your home. It will protect your house, its structure, your belongings and your sanity.
Hindsight is always 20/20, don’t wait until it’s too late to protect your home. To install or repair a sump pump in your Birmingham home, call the experts of Latta Plumbing at (205) 631-6445.