Using a Sump Pump for Basement Flooding Protection

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How Sump Pumps Work

A sump pump is as its name suggests a small pump that’s typically installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace, in a designated sump pit. When the pit fills with water, the sump pump turns on automatically to move liquid out. A pipe runs from the sump pump to outside of your home, where water is able to drain safely away from the home’s foundation. Sump pumps run on existing electricity and are recommended to be used with a GFCI outlet since water is involved. The ultimate goal of a sump pump is to collect any water that seeps into your basement to prevent flooding and associated water damage.

Water Damage Protection

Even a little bit of water inside your home can cause damage, whether it’s a puddle on the floor or moisture in the air. Displaced water can damage personal belongings, ruin furniture, provoke mold to grow, attract insects, and create an overall unhealthy environment for you and your family. It’s best to address any water problems at the first sign of accumulation and to prevent water from spreading. Many homeowners experience some type of water problem in their basement and may find that damage has occurred over time.

When you’re ready to protect your basement from unwanted water entry, contact a waterproofing specialist for an evaluation of your home. A specialist can determine any existing damage or areas of concern and install a waterproofing system, including a sump pump, for continued basement flooding protection this spring and all year long.

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