As homeowners, we are all aware of the many elements that can damage our home, and surely water comes in at the top of that list. With that said, the certified team of plumbers here at Steve Mull Plumbing want to offer you a bit of insight on the benefits of a sump pump and the impact it can have on your home or even on your business.
Here in the United States, more than 50-60% of home and business owners across the map experience some type of water damage, whether sub-basement wetness, or damage from flooding waters. The hard truth is that even small amounts of water can produce costly damages in a basement area since wall studs and even insulation can be entirely destroyed from water intrusion. Once you have suffered water in your basement, you are also open to other challenges including that of mold growth and infestation, and the development of poor air quality in your business or living space, each of which can contribute to the health and safety of your family or employees.
Why a Sump Pump?
A sump pump helps to avoid flooding in your basement when the ground outdoors becomes heavily saturated with water from heavy rains. Installing a pump, typically in a two-foot hole in your basement cement, helps minimize the amount of water that makes its way into your basement. When the pit of your pump fills with water during a heavy rain storm, it senses the presence of moisture and water and automatically turns itself on and filters the collected water out of your basement through its pipes, thus keeping the earth beneath your basement floors drier, and ultimately your basement dry as well. The only time a sump pump does not work 100% effectively is if the walls in your basement are not sealed properly or have cracks since the pump is unable to detect the presence of moisture or water generated from walls.
Additionally, a properly installed and functioning sump pump can prevent moisture from collecting in your basement, thereby minimizing any chances for mold growth or infestation. When this is accomplished, your indoor air remains clean and structural damage to your home or business is minimized.
How to Choose the Right Sump Pump
When investing in a pump for your basement, there are a handful of decisions you’ll need to make. For starters, do you want a manual or automatic operation. You will also need to determine the appropriate horsepower and voltage of your sump pump as well as the cord length. Further, you must determine the appropriate head pressure of the pump, which is the height that the pump can lift the water from its pit to the outside. Finally, you will need to decide on what type of alarm notifications you want and whether or not you want a backup system in place as an additional fail safe.
Once you have made these necessary decisions, then it’s time to install your new sump pump. That’s where the team here at Steve Mull Plumbing comes in. Our highly experienced and certified plumbers are definitely the team for you. We stand ready to meet your every need and are on hand to answer all your questions and address any concerns you may have regarding the installation of your pump in your home or business. For more information about sump pumps and the installation process, contact our professional team of certified plumbers today. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the most effective and affordable plumbing products and services for your home or business this side of Tennessee!