4 reasons you need a sump pump

Posted Mar 31, 2021 in Waterproofing, Sump Pump Solutions

Sump pump

ump pumps are devices that are placed in a base­ment to pump out excess water that would oth­er­wise flood the space. They’re almost always put in the low­est point in the floor and often in their own spe­cial­ty pit. Here are the top four rea­sons you need a sump pump:

1. To keep the base­ment or crawl­space dry

This is the main rea­son for a sump pump. When the pump pit starts to fill up with water, the pump removes the water through a pipe that leads to the out­side. The slope that’s built around the house helps the water flow away from the build­ing. A check valve between the pump and the pipe keeps the water from back flow­ing into the house. Sump pumps either have a float acti­va­tor-like the one found in a toi­let tank or a pres­sure sen­sor. Most sump pumps use elec­tric­i­ty and don’t need spe­cial wiring.

2. To pre­vent mold and mildew

The sump pump keeps the space under the house dry, but it also can help pre­vent mold and mildew. Mold and mildew are not just unsight­ly, but they can be health haz­ards to peo­ple who are aller­gic to them.

3. It will alert you when the water lev­el is too high

Even when a sump pump isn’t work­ing, it can alert the home­own­er if the base­ment or crawl­space is in dan­ger of being flood­ed. Some sophis­ti­cat­ed sump pumps can actu­al­ly make a call to the homeowner’s cell phone if they’re away. The home­own­er can then call a water­proof­ing spe­cial­ist to pre­vent a major cat­a­stro­phe in the basement.

4. A work­ing sump pump adds val­ue to the home

A sump pump that is in good work­ing con­di­tion, can make the home more attrac­tive to a poten­tial buy­er and increase the over­all val­ue of the home. A base­ment that’s kept dry is more like­ly to be struc­tural­ly sound than one that floods near­ly every time it rains.

Look­ing to have a new sump pump installed in your home, or have an issue with your cur­rent one? Let Fam­i­ly Water­proof­ing Solu­tions take care of your sump pump and water­proof­ing needs. Call us today (708) 330‑4466 and sched­ule an appoint­ment.

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