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Choosing Sump Pumps And Dealing With The Spring Thaw

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Have you ever experience basement flooding in your home? Recent research studies have shown that more than 65% of homes in Canada normally have problems of ground-wetness or even basement flooding. If your apartment basement has ever flooded, you clearly understand the damage such a flooding can cause. Sump pumps can fix this issue permanently. They are specifically needed during the spring season because this is the time when the weather becomes warmer and the spring thaw begins.
How a sump pump works
A sump pump is a pump, small in size, which is installed in a crawlspace or a basement in order to eliminate water thus keeping the area very dry. The installation of sump pumps is done in sump pits which are normally designed in a way that they can allow water to flow through them naturally or through the available drains.
Once installed, sump pumps then pump water out of the sump pits and away from people’s homes. Additionally, sumps can also be used to dry basements through lowering of the water table that is normally below the foundation.
Benefits of sump pumps
There are various benefits of sump pumps. Sump pumps are meant to keep basements dry and warmer. They control humidity as well as dampness in the basement space. By doing so, this prevents mildew and mold infestations. It also keeps away insects such as termites from homes. Furthermore, if you install a sump pump in your home, your furniture, metal appliances, paint and wall coverings will not be damaged by rust. Isn�t this what you want?
Sump pumps will also increase the value of your home. This is specifically if you want to sell your small apartment and move into a big one. Just install a sump pump and then wait and see how many buyers will be competing for your property.
Spring thaw and wet basements
As you know, spring comes with many weather changes. Where else new growth and warm temperatures are some of them, the thaw is normally is the major one. As the temperatures continue to rise, ice and snow start melting. Spring showers are also accompanied by high rainfall. With water from the rainfall and the melting of the ice and snow, chances of your basement flooding are very high. The ground that surrounds your basement is saturated with water and it is this water, which leaks in through the basement foundation cracks leading to flooding.
Choosing sump pumps
If you want to buy a sump pump, there are many options to consider. You can purchase a pedestal or a submersible sump pump. Submersible pumps are suitable for homes which have enough space because the sump pits have to be covered. This is done to prevent debris from falling into the pit and it also reduces the noise made by the pump. On the other hand, pedestal sump pumps are perfect for small homes.
You can also opt to buy a sump pump which has a battery backup, popularly known as a secondary pump. With this pump, your basement will always be protected from any water damage even when there is a failure of the primary pump.
There is no doubt that a sump pump is a must-have in every home with a basement. If you need to have sump pumps installed in your apartment? Contact Canada Waterproofers and let our experts make your spring an enjoyable season without wet basement problems![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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