Are Sump Pumps Important?

If you have ever had water in your basement, the answer to this question is easy: yes!

Read on to discover how important a sump pump installation from Stewart Plumbing can be to the safety of your home and property.

How do they work?

Sump pumps are a critical component in preventing water damage in your basement or any other level of your home below ground. Sump pumps are typically installed in the basements or below-ground levels of a home and work to collect water in a sump basin or pit. After water collects in the basin, the pump diverts the water safely away from the structure so that water does not flood your home.

What should I look for in a sump pump?

Sump pumps are an important part of waterproofing your basement area, so getting the right features are critical. Any sump pump you buy should be installed with a battery back up. A battery back up can be the difference between coming home to water damage and property loss or a dry, safe basement. Most sump pumps run on electricity and will shut down if the home loses power, like in a severe storm. Another key feature that can come with a sump pump is a water level alarm which will sound when the water covers the pump. Some pumps may also come with liners

Can I install a sump pump?

Sump pumps should be installed by professionals since the labor involved is usually outside the average DIYer. Installing a pump can involve digging through the home’s foundation and the installation must be up to building code. An improperly installed sump could malfunction or leak, defeating the purpose of having it installed at all.

Are they required by law?

Sump pumps are not required by law. They are bought on a voluntary basis to protect property from water damage. If you live in a home with a sloping foundation, live in an area with heavy rainfall, or your home was built on former swampland then a sump pump would be a critical investment for protecting your home. Even if none of these categories match your home, you could still experience flooding. If you’ve ever noticed water seeping into your basement after a heavy rain, then investing in a sump pump will save you trouble in the future.

If you live in an area with a lot of rainfall, or an older home at risk of flooding, then a sump pump will be one of the most important investments in your home. A sump pump will protect your basement and property stored down there from damage.

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