As a homeowner is natural to want to keep your house looking its best, after all for most individuals their home is their biggest investment. Most people rely on their homes equity to build up assets and for retirement cushion. So a smart thing to do is to protect your biggest investment from any kind of damage before it happens, so the cost doesn’t get out of hands.
A good way to start would be to protect the basement from any kind of water damage or flooding; after all insurance companies doesn’t cover flooding. Savvy homeowners have being preventing flooding before it can happen by installing sump pumps, backwater valves and having interior waterproofing or exterior waterproofing done at their property.
What is a sump pump and how does it work?
Sump pump is a device designed to collect all the water that accumulates around homes foundations and redirects it away from it. Sump pumps are typically installed in basements to help keep basements dry and to prevent floodings that could cause several thousands of dollars in damage to homeowners.
The way sump pumps work is by pumping out the water collected by the weeping tile system, that is located around the houses foundation. The water is pumped away from the house typically on the yard around 10 feet away.
Types of sump pumps
There are two types of sump pumps available:
Pedestal sump pump.
The pedestal sump pump motor is mounted on a pedestal outside the sump pit, this type of sump pumps motor cannot get wet, the positive side of this type of pump is that is cheaper to run, but if there is a heavy rain fall pedestal sump pumps are usually not capable to keep up with high volume of water.
Submersible sump pump
The submersible sump pump’s motor goes inside the pit, making it sometimes the preferred choice because it is less noisy; also submersible sump pumps perform better during heavy rains or storms, because they have the greater capacity to pump more volume of water, because they come available with bigger horse power.
- When having a sump pump installed never pump the water into the city sewers or septic tank.
- Make sure the outside discharge pipe has enough slope, so the water can drain fast enough to prevent freezing during the winter months
- We suggest installing a power back up pump, in case of a power shortage happens during heavy storms.
- Always use the services of licensed plumbers to install sump pumps
- Perform yearly check ups on your sump pump to keep it running at its best.
By installing a sump pump, waterproofing the basement, and also installing a backwater valve homeowners can have peace of mind that they are taking the steps towards the right direction to keep their basement dry and preventing basement floodings. Prevention is actually cheaper thanks to rebates programs available by the government for flood prevention where homeowners can save up to 80% of the cost of the installation.