Sump Pumps Could Help Your Home — See What Experts Think About Them
A sump pump can prove an indispensable emergency-preparedness device in the event water accumulation or flooding occurs in the basement or crawl space of the home. Find out what the experts say about sump pumps, and decide for yourself if your home (and peace of mind) would benefit with a sump system.
Sump Pump Benefits
Excessive water accumulation or flooding in the basement may be brought about any time by a broken or leaky pipe, a leaky or ruptured water heater, rainfall, and even from the occasional tropical storm or hurricane in our Mid-Atlantic region. Homeowner’s insurance can help with the expensive cleanup and restoration following water damage. However, nothing beats an ounce of prevention and the assurance you have taken appropriate steps to protect your home investment and possessions. Following are a few of the benefits sump pumps offer:
- A sump pump protects the home’s foundation and structure.
- Sump systems minimize musty odors and moisture in the basement, which protects against mold, mildew and fungus growth.
- A drier basement can be better utilized for practical use, such as storing belongings.
- Installing a sump pump adds value to the home.
Also, by preventing flooding and home damage, sump systems protect home value.
Selection, Installation and Maintenance
It’s wise to seek the advice of an expert before selecting and installing your sump pump. Sump systems are available in different types (i.e. submersible and pedestal) and power sources (i.e. electricity powered and battery). The sump pump should be sized large enough to be able to effectively remove water from your basement or crawl space.
Also, consider an automatic sump system, rather than manual type. Once your plumbing professional has installed your sump system, you should test the sump pump once a year to ensure it’s ready when you need it. This could be included in other plumbing preventive maintenance you have scheduled, such as water heater maintenance.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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