You may have heard people mention their sump pump after a really bad storm. A sump pump protects a home from significant water damage during big storms, significant thaws, or other causes of flooding. Without them, basements could be flooded and result in some serious water damage, and even worse, repair bills. So, if you decide you need one to keep your basement dry, it is important to ensure it is installed properly and maintained throughout the years.
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is typically installed underneath the floor of your basement or crawl space. It is installed to collect groundwater to prevent flooding in your home. If there is a possibility that your basement or crawl space could flood, the sump pump will redirect the water away from your home.
There are two kinds of sump pumps: submersible and pedestal. Submersible sump pumps are submerged in the sump or pit in oil and sealed. Since they are sealed they do have a longer life as they will not get moisture or dirt inside of them.
Pedestal sump pumps are more common because they are a bit more affordable up front. They are mounted on the exterior, which makes it easier to service but also makes is more susceptible to moisture and dirt, which could shorten its lifespan.
Do I Need One?
Sump pumps are installed in almost all new homes in Ontario, but if you do not have one, you may want to consider one. You should especially consider investing in a sump pump if your basement or crawl spaces tend to have below-ground wetness or moisture. Schedule a home inspection with a trusted Niagara plumber who can help you decide if a sump pump would benefit your home and install your new sump pump.
Sump Pumps Need to be Maintained
Like many other pieces of equipment in your home, your sump pump requires occasional maintenance to ensure they are working properly. Contact a local plumber to regularly check, repair, and maintain your sump pump. Sump pumps can also wear over time, so homeowners should be aware of the age of their sump pump, and note how frequently a sump pump expert is inspecting the system. If you are unsure, consider booking an inspection of your sump pump and plumbing system to avoid any potential issues or disrepair.
Does Your Home Need a Sump Pump Installed or Repaired?
If you are looking to have a sump pump installed or repaired, contact our team of licensed professionals at Wellbrook Plumbing. We will provide you with advice on how to maintain your current sump pump or answer any questions you may have. Call us at 289-686-4695 to book your consultation.