Your home is filled with valuables. It holds some of your most prized possessions, many of which are irreplaceable.
While you probably have made sure that these items are safe from outdoor intrusion, maybe with deadbolts and heavy doors, have you thought about potential threats that can come from inside your home?
Water damage is responsible for ruining valuable items in many people’s homes every year, including carpets, electronic equipment and appliances, and can lead to expensive basement foundation repair. It can also lead to the growth of mold, which not only ruins furniture, but also poses serious health hazards.
If your basement leaks when it rains, or you’ve experienced flooding in the past, you should highly consider some form of exterior basement waterproofing, interior basement waterproofing, or even both.
How a Sump Pump Works
One of the most popular wet basement solutions is a basement sump pump, but how exactly does it protect your home from flooding?
-Situated in a pit in either your basement or crawl space, the sump pump clears water out of the area through a network of pipes leading outside and away from your home.
-As water fills the pit, the pump is activated by either a float, similar to the one in a toilet, or a pressure sensor.
-A fan-like device inside the basement sump pump begins to rotate rapidly, forcing water into the network of pipes leading away from the room. As water filters out through the pipes, more water is drained from the pit into the pump.
-Basement sump pumps are typically powered by electricity, however there are also battery backup sump pumps that will continue to work even if the power goes out.
These are a better option for people who live in areas with frequent power outages or severe storms.
You can decide which type is best for your home or consult an expert to get a professional opinion about which pump is best suited for you.