Being a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibility. You need to ensure that all parts of your home are working properly and that you are providing your family with a safe and comfortable environment to live in. One way you can accomplish this is by taking preventative measures in your basement to avoid water damage and flooding. Excess moisture can damage property, initiate mold problems, and cause deterioration in the home’s structure, all of which put the people living there at risk. One way to keep your basement safe is by installing a sump pump.
What Is A Sump Pump?
The sump pump works to keep the basement dry by pumping away excess water. There are pressure systems set up within the pump so it knows when to start working. This way, you can rest assured knowing that, even if you are away from your home, your sump pump will effectively do its job to keep your basement dry.
How Does It Work?
When it comes to how a sump pump operates, the mechanics behind it are fairly basic. They are typically installed in a pit and, once the pit fills with water, the sump pump is alerted to start pumping the water out and away from the home. The activation occurs with the help of a pressure sensor that triggers once water starts hitting it. Since water exerts more force than air, the system is alerted that it needs to start pumping.
Installing A Back-Up
Should your sump pump quit working while you are away, there are various options as far as back-up systems. A secondary pump can be installed, should the first one falter. If there is too much water for your primary pump to handle or if it simply breaks down, the back-up will then kick in and take over. Another option would be installing a battery back-up, which would run the sump pump should the power turn off. This is a great option as the storms that typically bring excess water often trigger a loss of electricity.
Taking these precautions will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. If you have a finished basement, water will quickly destroy your belongings, meaning all of that work was put to waste. Also, if you use your basement for storage, your possessions will likely not survive a flooding. On top of everything else, moisture causes mold, which puts your family at risk for health problems and could affect the structural integrity of your home, lowering its overall value.
The experts at Stadler Plumbing are standing by, ready and willing to help with any basement needs you have. Let us work with you and get your basement in top shape, ensuring that your home and family are protected for years to come. Give us a call and schedule an appointment today!