Sump pumps are devices that are placed in a basement to pump out excess water that would otherwise flood the space. They’re almost always put in the lowest point in the floor and often in their own specially dug pit. Here are the top five reasons to keep a sum pump:
To Keep the Basement or Crawlspace Dry
This is the main reason for a sump pump. When the pump pit starts to fill up with water, the pump removes the water through a pipe that leads to the outside. The slope that’s built around the house helps the water flow away from the building. A check valve between the pump and the pipe keeps the water from back flowing into the house. Sump pumps either have a float activator like the one found in a toilet tank or a pressure sensor. Most sump pumps use electricity and don’t need special wiring.
To Prevent Mold and Mildew
Because the sump pump keeps the space under the house dry, it prevents mold and mildew. Mold and mildew are not just unsightly, but they can be health hazards to people who are allergic to them.
To Alert the Homeowner When the Water Level Is Too High
Even when a sump pump isn’t working, it can alert the homeowner if the basement or crawlspace is in danger of being flooded. Some sophisticated sump pumps can actually make a call to the homeowner’s cell phone if they’re away. The homeowner can then call an emergency plumber to prevent a catastrophe in the basement.
A Working Sump Pump Adds Value to the Home
A sump pump that’s in good working order makes the home more attractive to a potential buyer and might raise the property’s value overall. A basement that’s kept dry is more likely to be structurally sound than one that floods nearly every time it rains.
Sump Pumps Stabilize the Soil
Sump pumps that are used by commercial buildings also help to stabilize the soil, which keeps the building itself stable. These pumps are often built in areas where there are aquifers.
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