What Is a Sump Pump and Why Do You Need One Installed?
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If you’ve wondered whether you need a sump pump installed at your home, you’re not alone. With over 13 million Americans living in areas prone to flooding, it’s important to take precautions to protect your home. After all, the last thing you want is water damage in your basement.
Keep reading to learn more about sump pumps and why it’s a good idea to get one installed!
What Is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a device that can help you pump out the water from areas that have a lower elevation and can’t drain out. If you have a low area where the water gets stuck more than likely you will need a sump pump to get the water out by force, not gravity. There are different brands and horsepower. You need to measure the precipitation rate and volume of water collect in that specific area to determine the horsepower need it. The goal of the pump is to keep any low spot clear of rising groundwater to avoid flooding an area.
It looks like a pit (called a basin) in your basement that stays quiet most of the time when it’s not raining. When the ground surrounding your home starts to saturate during intense rainfall, however, the sump pump motor kicks into action automatically when the water reaches the level that activates the pump, it will continue to pump the water out until there’s no more water to pump. You will need a 120-volt outlet to plug in the pump with its dedicated breaker for better performance.
Water trickles (or rushes) in, which triggers the pump to push the water through a line toward an outside drain that is at least ten feet from your home.
The sump pump and drain form what is called the french drain system. This system will help ensure that water is directed away from the designated area.
Just be sure to check on your sump pump and clean it every so often. Remove any dirt or other build-up that might be gathered in the basin or obstructing the line out of the house. There’s no point in having a sump pump if it’s not able to function at its best!
Test your pump, too. Simply pour some water into the basin, and the pump should click on and start going to work.
Types of Sump Pumps
Submersible and pedestal sump pumps are the two main kinds on the market. As you might guess, submersible pumps sit within the water in the basement basin. Pedestal pumps sit on top of the water.
Submersible pumps have their motors in the water, so they tend to be the quieter option. They also tend to take up less space.
The downside? They do deteriorate a little more quickly, so you’ll want to monitor one and make sure it’s functioning properly during the rainy season. These pumps are a good choice if you live in an area with a higher risk of significant flooding.
With a pedestal pump, it sits in the basin while the motor sits outside of the basin. This type of pump takes up a little more space since it is not all contained within the basin. And while they do tend to be louder since the motor is exposed, pedestal pumps last longer and are easier to monitor or fix.
Since sump pumps are operated by electricity, if you hit a power outage during a bad storm, you might be in a bind. That’s where a battery backup can come into play. It’s a good idea to have a battery backup with your sump pump so that it can continue bailing out water from your basement even if the power is out!
Sump Pump Costs
The cost of a sump pump is reasonable — and remember that it could save you from thousands of dollars of water damage down the road! The average cost sits between $950-$1,891, though sometimes it is higher. This might sound like a big chunk of money, but think of it as a worthwhile investment that can keep your home dry for years to come.
Know that the pedestal pumps are a little cheaper and can last longer — maybe even longer than you plan to be in the house. The submersible pump is a little costlier on average, but it is the quieter option.
The type of surface you have in the area will affect costs, as well. If the concrete is thicker, it will cost more to drill into it to create the basin.
And the pump should be located at bottom of the catch basin. If you have a lot of plumbing in that area, it will cost more to install a pump.
Consider your needs with the house along with these factors that might be beyond your control. How long will you be there? Is there any other options?
Do the research to find the best pump for your home, and hire a professional to take care of the installation so that it is done properly. When the rainy season hits, you will be glad to have a sump pump giving you peace of mind!
Added Value of a Sump Pump
There are many other benefits of adding a sump pump.
If you anticipate selling your home any time down the road, being able to say that your home has a sump pump will add value to it. It will assure potential buyers that there’s less of a chance that water damage has caused any structural issues to the home.
A functioning sump pump also reduces the chances of mold and mildew, which form an unhealthy presence and don’t exactly look good, either. A properly installed sump pump will keep the water out and prevent it from seeping back in.
The Bottom Line
A sump pump can let you sleep better at night when you know a bad rainstorm is coming your way. With the average cost of repairing water damage over $1,000, it’s worth the investment in a good french drain system to avoid the costs and frustrations of wet spots.
When you’re ready to take action and install a sump pump, contact us and we’re happy to help you make it happen!