As a homeowner, preventing water damage is a main priority. A bad rainstorm can turn your dream basement into a swamp without the proper preventative measures. Many homes have a sump pump, a device that is installed below the surface of a home to prevent excess water from gathering where it doesn’t belong.
Without a sump pump, ground water can easily seep through the foundation of your home through long periods of rain increasing the possibility of flooding in your basement or crawl spaces. A sump pump, if installed correctly, knows when the water level has reached the point of threatening to flood and redirects the water away from your home.
If you are worried about water damage and are wondering if your home could use a sump pump, use these five signs as indicators and call a professional installer today.
5 Signs Your Home May Need a Sump Pump
- Your basement has flooded before. If your basement is notorious for flooding after any amount of rain, a sump pump is needed. Chronic flooding is a great indicator that groundwater will easily find its way through the foundation cracks and into your home – the very last place that you want it.
- Your property is on a low lying or flat area. A home that is built in an area that is prone to floods will need a sump pump. Building in flat area requires many different precautions. Verify that a properly sized sump pump is installed in the basement during construction or purchase of the home. This is a great step to prevent flooding!
- Your climate is known from large amounts of precipitation. Where there are large amounts of water, there is a higher risk for flooding. Do you live in an area where snow and rain drop in higher amounts than usual? Then the possibility of water finding its way into your home are greater than normal.
- Your current sump pump is more than 6 years old. Like most household appliances, sump pumps do not last forever. To keep your basement dry, it is important that you keep your sump pump maintained and in good working order. The average lifespan of a sump pump is around 6 years. Once yours reaching this age, it’s time to consider replacing for a new unit.
- Your home has many highly priced items that you want to protect against water damage. If you have a finished basement with electronics and other costly items, keeping these things safe and in working order are a priority. Installing a sump pump will keep the threat of water damage safely away from your electronics and other items.
A&J Property Restoration DKI, Your Water Restoration Experts
While a sump pump will keep your home free of water damage in everyday occurrences, if an emergency strikes, and flooding occurs, A&J Restoration offers a full range of water restoration services for both residential and commercial property owners. Contact us at any time, and we will return your building back to normal as quickly as possible.