Removing water from your crawlspace and basement, especially if they are built below the water table is not an easy task. Allowing stagnant water in your basement may rapidly undermine the foundation and the entire structure of your building thereby leading to the flooding of your home. Aside from this, it may lead to mold buildup, which may render your basement inhabitable or cause harm to your health among other things. If you are currently dealing with a similar issue, you don’t have to worry. All you have to do is purchase a sump pump.
What is a Sump Pump?
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A sump pump is a piece of equipment designed to help you remove water from a sump basin in your basement. Many buildings have a perimeter drains through which water passes into the sump basin. Water may also be collected into the basin after rainfall or the accumulation of natural groundwater if your basement is built below the water table. When sufficient water is collected in the sump basin, the sump pump functions to push the water to a place where it will no longer be a threat usually a dry well or a storm drain.
This will help to ensure that your basement and crawl spaces are dry at all times. If you decide to purchase the equipment, you will find that it features a lever that automatically switches it on as soon as the water in the sump basin reaches a particular level. Also, the sump pump needs to be connecting to your pressurized water supply or electrical system but you will find a few models that ship with a battery backup in the case there is a power outage.
Types of Sump Pump
There are basically two types of sump pumps and they are submersible and pedestal models.
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For the submersible models, you will find that they need to be mounted inside the sump basin. They are well designed and properly sealed to prevent the risk of short circuits. They are expensive and will usually last for up to 15 years. The high cost of the equipment may be attributed to the fact that it can work perfectly in good condition without clogging.
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Pedestal sump pumps, on the other hand, is inexpensive and it usually lasts for up to 30 years. If you decide to go for this type of sump pump, you will find that the motor is mounted above the sump basin. This allows the equipment to be easily maintained and serviced. However, pedestal sump pumps are likely to clog if not properly installed.
The Benefits of Sump Pumps
When a sump pump is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is that it is a piece of equipment designed to remove water from the basement. This is true, but the equipment does more than that. Here are a few other benefits of sump pumps:
Prevent Mold Buildup
Since your basement and crawl spaces will be kept dry at all times, this invariably means that you will enjoy a significantly reduced possibility of mold and mildew. As you may already know, mold and mildew will may a detrimental effect on not only your building but also your health and that of other members of your household. They thrive well where there is water and sump pump do a great job to make your environment inconvenient for them.
Prevent the Flooding of your Building
You may find lots of stagnant water in your basement after heavy rainfall or natural groundwater. If the water is allowed to remain and increase they will undermine the foundation and structure of your building. This will eventually lead to the flooding of your house which may lead to the loss of lives and properties. Sump pumps are designed to prevent this from happening. The benefits of the equipment for preventing flooding will go a long way to keep your property strong at all times which will, in turn, enhance its value.
Sump pumps remove water from the basement which will go a long way to prevent the soaking of electrical appliances. If water enters the electrically powered appliance and power sockets in your basement, it may lead to short-circuiting thereby causing electrocution or electrical fires. Constantly removing water from the basement will protect lives and properties in your home.
The constant encounter between metal and water may lead to corrosion. Removing water from your basement will extend the lifespan of metals and metal fixtures.
Sump pumps help to keep your basement and crawl spaces dry thereby reducing the humidity of those areas. This will make your basement more conducive for you and inconvenient for pests like termites that love to dwell in damp places.
The Benefits of Installing a Backup Sump Pump
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Since you need to keep your basement dry at all times to ensure the safety of your life and property, your basement can never be without a sump pump. Although factors like power failure and clogging may affect the proper function of the equipment, it is advised to take active steps to ensure that there is a sump pump to cater for your needs at all times.
First, ensure that the sump pump you are about to purchase ships with a battery backup. This will allow the device to function properly even when there is a power outage. If the equipment does not ship with this feature, you may install a battery-powered sump pump to function in the case there is a power failure. Alternatively, you may choose to purchase a water-powered ejector pump to function when the electric powered one fails.
This type of sump pumps is installed above the high water mark of the electric powered one. On normal conditions, the electrically powered sump pump will work, but if the water rises higher, then the water-powered one will have to do the job.
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