A flooded basement or first level of a home can be a devastating experience for any homeowner. However, sump pump installation offers a level of protection against floods and the ensuing water damage, mold growth, and structural problems that might occur after a flood. Learn more about sump pumps and how they work to protect your home from disaster below.
The Importance of Sump Pump Maintenance
A heavy rain or a water main burst can result in a flooded basement or first floor if there is not a working sump pump available to disperse the water.
How a sump pump works is a very simple process:
- Water from the outside perimeter of the home is drained away by pipes that empty into the sump pump’s pit.
- When the water level within the pit reaches the level of the float, the pump’s switch is activated and the pump diverts the water through a pipe and into the storm drain.
The pump can also remove water from a burst pipe in the home.
However, a clog in the drainage pipe, a malfunctioning float, or a broken or dirty switch on the sump pump can all impede the removal of water, resulting in water accumulation in the basement or ground floor of the home. Our plumbers advocate for annual maintenance on the pump to ensure it does its job in the event of an emergency. We also recommend installing a backup pump operated by a battery should the first pump fail.
Consequences of Improper Sump Pump Care
A flooded home costs thousands of dollars to fix, takes many weeks to restore, and might cause the occupants to experience health problems due to mold growth. In addition, homeowners could incur costs for restoration, the replacement of lost material items, the replacement of damaged mechanical systems, and sometimes higher homeowner’s insurance rates if a claim is filed.
A sump pump is a simple piece of equipment that can prevent all of these issues, so long as the pump is properly maintained. If you have a home with a basement or are concerned about the costs of water damage, consider installing one in your home today. You won’t be sorry.
Get Help with Your Installation
At Collins Comfort Masters Plumbing, we offer plumbing maintenance, sump pump installation, and other drainage solutions for homeowners in the Mesa community. Call our Mesa plumbers today at 480-655-7575 for more information.