What’s a Sump Pump and Why Do I Need One?

Posted on: May 1, 2017

You’ve heard your friends and neighbors mention their sump pump once or twice after a really bad rain storm. But have you ever heard someone complain about their sump pump? Nope! They’re usually saying that if it wasn’t for their sump pump, they’d be ankle deep in water and water damage bills. For those who don’t have one and aren’t sure if it’s right for them — listen up!

Sump Pump Installation and Repair

What is a Sump Pump?

The trusty sump pump is installed underneath the floor of basements and crawl spaces to collect groundwater before it can threaten to flood your home. Groundwater can easily rise through the cracks in the foundation of your home during long periods of rain. If there is a possibility that flooding can occur in your basement or crawl space, the sump pump will collect all of this weather and redirect it away from your home. Think of it as an additional piece of flood insurance!

Do I Need One in My Home?

Does your basement or crawl space experience below-ground wetness and moisture? According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, more than 60 percent of homes experience this and should consider installing a sump pump. Experiencing moisture in this area of your home could be due to foundation cracks that could eventually lead to flooding if there’s enough rain or improper drainage of water from the gutter system. Additionally, a sump pump should always be installed if your home is located in a flood zone.

A homeowner that has a basement or crawl space shouldn’t just know what a sump pump is, they should have one installed in their home! If you’re currently looking to install or repair a sump pump, contact Len The Plumber. To learn more about sump pumps or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (800) 950-4619.

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