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What Is a Sump Pump and Why Do You Need One?

What Is a Sump Pump and Why Do You Need One?

By on Jul 9, 2019 in Plumbing Blog |

If you’ve got a basement, you should probably have a sump pump.  That’s because heavy rainfall, melting snow or even faulty plumbing can cause extensive damage to your home and your belongings in a very short amount of time if left unattended.  Even more concerning is the dangerous mould and mildew that quickly begins to grow in wet environments.

What does the sump pump do?

The sump pump is installed in the lowest part of your basement, which is where moisture will begin to accumulate during a flood.  As soon as the water reaches the device, it will automatically turn on and begin diverting (or pumping) fluid out of your basement.  Once the water has been successfully removed, the pump turns itself off.

A sump pump may seem like an unnecessary investment that you may never use, but when you compare the cost of repairs to your home and replacement of belongings, it’s a relatively inexpensive way to ensure your house stays dry in the event of a flood.

If you don’t already have a sump pump in place, consider having one installed.  Think of it as insurance for a rainy (or snowy) day.

Does a sump pump need any maintenance?

It’s a really good idea to have your sump pump inspected once a year to make sure it is in good working order.  There’s no sense in having equipment that won’t work when you need it.  A quick maintenance call is all you need to make sure that everything is in good shape and that your sump pump will work the way you need it to when the time comes.

Whether you need a sump pump installed, or you want to make sure your existing one is in good repair, give Rite Tech a call to protect your home from costly water damage in the event of a flood.