A flooded basement is something every homeowner would like to avoid as it would be an extreme hassle to deal with, no matter if your basement is finished or not. A sump pump is arguably one of the most effective tools to prevent flooding in your basement. A sump pump’s purpose is to remove any water that may have entered your basement and move it out, away from your home. It’s a crucial piece of equipment to ensure water doesn’t cause major damage if it gets into your home.
In this article we will cover what a sump pump is in some detail.
What is a sump pump?
To sum it up, a sump pump is a water pump designed to help protect your home from flooding. If water begins to pool in your basement, either from a broken pipe, water seeping in through your foundation due to snow melting or heavy rains or even if there is a sewer backup and water is coming into your home from your drains, water will enter the sump pump’s reservoir (think of a large bucket that has been set slightly below your basement floor level), as water enters the reservoir, a float activates the pump, and the begins to pump the water out of your home through piping and directs it away from your home’s foundation. The purpose of a sump pump is to pump unwanted excess water out of your basements, it doesn’t help prevent the water from entering, but it does ensure it isn’t just accumulating. As a result, a sump pump protects your family and belongings from water damage!
Who needs a sump pump?
If you are a homeowner, you can benefit from a sump pump, after all it is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. However, there are a few scenarios where a sump pump is a must, below are just a few:
- If you live in a location where there is a large amount of rain and or snow, it is important to have a sump pump as quickly accumulating water is a big risk of a flood. This water can easily saturate the ground around your home leading to the ground water pushing against your foundation. If there are any cracks or holes this water will find its way in. Concrete is also porous, so water can eventually seep through and get into your home.
- If your home is in a low-lying area, the chances of water accumulating around your home and entering your home is elevated, having a sump pump will ensure if the rising water enters your home, you are able to remove it quickly.
- If you have had a burst pipe in the past, it is a good idea to have a sump pump. You have already dealt with water damage once, be prepared if it was to happen again.
Chances are if you have a sump pump, it probably hasn’t been used in some time. It is a good idea to test your sump pump annually by pouring a few buckets of water into the reservoir to trigger the float and causing your pump to turn on. You don’t want to find out your sump pump isn’t working when you actually need it.