In the unfortunate event that you or someone you know has faced a home flood, especially in the basement, then you have probably heard of a sump pump might have help averted the problem. What’s a sump pump, and how can they help? Can it prevent basement erosion?
A sump pump is a technical device designed to pump water from one place to another. Homeowners are most familiar with sump pumps in the context of avoiding high water tables in places, such as, low-lying basement floods or other explanations. Water will discover a way through the smallest of cracks, so the trick to preventing a flood is to make sure the water level stays below the cellar floor’s amount.
A sump pump is installed in the lowest point of a home’s basement or crawl space. It works by channeling groundwater into a perimeter drain system that is installed at the base of the home’s foundation. The pipes that make up this drain system are perforated, allowing water to flow in. The sump pump then redirects the water to the nearest storm drain, dry well, or retention pond. Sump pumps are usually triggered by a float switch and only activate when water reaches a predetermined level. By redirecting excess water, sump pumps prevent water from accumulating inside the home.
Most new homes come equipped with a sump pump, but older homes can be retrofitted with a sump pump. Sump pumps can be hard-wired into a home’s electrical system or be plugged into an outlet. Many sump pumps are equipped with a battery backup to ensure that the pump will work when the power is out, such as during a severe storm, when it’s critically important that water is pumped away from the home.
We can install and repair any sump pump you have, call us today if there’s an issue with yours, letting it go will make future damage worse.