Sump Pumps are probably one of the trickiest things to talk to homeowners about because they’re not really something that they see very often. Sure, they serve an important function, but their rather circumstantial nature and out of the way location means that many people probably don’t think about them very often. In reality, though, sump pumps can be an invaluable tool to protect homes from water damage, as well as save homeowners from incurring hefty repair fees due to structural damages and protect them from potential health complications.
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump removes water from the basement or crawl space of homes. To specify, water that’s found its way into the basement flows into the sump - which is essentially a hole (you can think of it as a drain) in the basement floor - which empties the water into a basin where the pump is located. The valves on the pump sense when there’s too much water in the hole and propel it through a one-way valve out of an effluent (discharge) line away from the home.
The water from the sump pump is typically dumped into creeks, ponds, or dry wells. If you’re a reader that’s into DIY projects and may decide that you install your own sump pump, know that some cities do have building codes that specify where you can and can’t set yours to drain. Sump pumps can be built either above the basement floor or beneath it, the latter kind of sump pumps are called submersible sump pumps.
Who Needs A Sump Pump?
Simply put, if a homeowner has a basement or crawl space that’s prone to possible flooding (hence why they have a “circumstantial nature”), they need a sump pump. Rainwater and snow can find its way into these spaces as well, so if a homeowner lives somewhere where there is plenty of annual rain or heavy snow, having a way to get rid of the water that can build up is a must.
What Other Purposes Can A Sump Pump Serve?
Sump Pumps can be a lifesaver for homeowners - and we mean this quite literally. It might sound rather dramatic but not only can water under the home cause structural damages, but it can also be bad for one’s health too. Wet environments can become home to mold and mildew which can cause potentially serious health problems like asthma and set off serious allergic reactions.
Even damaged sump pumps have their uses. Busted sump pumps can still tip homeowners off to the fact that their home runs the risk of being flooded and the more high-tech ones can send notifications to their cell phones, in case they’re away from home. At the very least, they can give homeowners the chance to call a plumber or waterproofing contractor for preventative measures or repairs before things get too serious.
In the event that a person wants to sell their home, having a means by which to keep the basement or crawl space dry in case of flooding can greatly increase their house’s value. A dry basement is one that’s less likely to experience any catastrophic structural failure, after all.
This article was meant to serve as a basic rundown as to what sump pumps are and why they’re so important for some homeowners to have. If you already knew all of this, great, we hope it was a good read at least; if you knew squat about sump pumps before reading this, we hope you’ve learned something. You’re more than welcome to put in your two cents about sump pumps in the comments below. Remember guys, keep safe out there!