Before we dive into whether or not you need to have a sump pump installed in your basement, let’s first review the purpose of a sump pump. A sump pump is a small pump that sits inside a pit or basin that collects excess water surrounding your home. The water enters the basin by either perimeter drains or from natural groundwater. There is always some water in your basin, but once the water level reaches a certain point the sump pump kicks on and pushes the water out of the basin and away from the house, avoiding any possible flooding.
You don’t need to have already experienced flooding in your basement to be considering sump pump installation. If your home falls into any of the below categories, you should look into sump pump installation options:
- You are in an area that sees a lot of rain or snowfall
- There is poor drainage around your home
- If you are in a low-lying area, or you are located in an area where the ground is flat
Your basement is finished – the pump can be considered as the first line of defense in protecting your investment
A sump pump ultimately defends your basement from flooding and gives you peace of mind knowing that no matter the weather outside your basement will stay dry. The best part about a sump pump is that they only turn on when the water level in your basin reaches a certain level. Unless you live in a home that has poor drainage and the pump is running constantly, you will not know it is there.
When it comes to insurance coverage, I suggest you double-check to ensure you are covered for flood damage. Some home insurance companies require you to have a sump pump for them to cover basement flood damage, and other companies charge additional fees to cover flood damage as they consider above groundwater and act of God.
Avoiding the damage and the hassle that a basement flood creates is reason enough to warrant a sump pump installation. If you are a savvy DIYer and are comfortable with demoing concrete and have a good understanding of how plumbing works you can save a few bucks and complete the project yourself. If you would prefer to leave it to an expert contact Aquamaster Drain, Plumbing & Waterproofing inc. As your experienced and reliable sump pump specialists, we will carry out the installation of your sump pump quickly and responsibly at a minimum cost.
Here are a few bonus sump pump tidbits for you:
- Your sump pump cannot pump water out if it isn’t working properly. I suggest testing it at least annually to ensure the pump is functioning properly, especially if you have never heard your pump turn on before.
- Consider a battery backup pump, your sump pump requires power to operate. If there is a power outage due to extreme weather, your pump will not be able to push out the excess water. In these scenarios, your battery backup pump can run for several hours keeping your basement dry.
- If you are in a home that has poor drainage and you hear your pump going on often, I suggest having a spare pump handy. If your current pump stops working, you can quickly change pumps and prevent water from flooding your basement, and you just know that your current pump will stop working in the middle of the biggest rainstorm of the year.