Does Your Home Need a Sump Pump?

Most plumbing systems are designed to bring water into your home for drinking, bathing, cleaning, flushing, and other uses. However, there is a plumbing system that is specifically designed to keep out water that you don’t want. And if you ever deal with a wet basement, it’s one that you should consider having installed in your home.

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Today, we’re going to talk about sump pumps – what they are, how they work, and signs you may need one.

What does a sump pump do?

Water has a way of finding its way to the lowest point of the ground. Unfortunately, that means it often ends up uninvited to below-grade indoors spaces such as basements. A sump pump is designed to divert water away before it ends up inside. 

A sump pump is submerged into a basin that is dug below the floor level of the basement. Water that is either rising up from the water table or seeping down from the ground ends up in the low-lying basin. Once the basin fills to a certain point, the pump is activated and pushes the water up and out of the home – usually discharging on the ground away from the foundation or into the storm sewer.

Benefits of a sump pump

Keeping your basement dry is very important – whether it’s finished or unfinished. Water and moisture have a different impact on indoor areas that are below ground. 

Having a working sump pump can benefit your home in many way, including:

  • Preventing flooding and water damage
  • Reducing moisture that leads to mold 
  • Improving air quality
  • Protecting the foundation and walls
  • Increasing comfort

Signs you need a sump pump

In some areas, sump pumps are required. But if they’re not, it’s still a good idea to have one for a variety of reasons.

  • You have a finished basement and want to protect that investment and personal items
  • Your lawn often gets very soggy after rainstorms
  • Your basement smells musty or you have found mold
  • You live in an area that’s prone to flooding
  • You want peace of mind knowing that your home is safe and protected

Sump pump installation in Raleigh and Durham

Since spring is the wettest season of the year, now’s the time to make sure you have a sump pump to keep pesky water from getting into your basement. For the best sump pump installation in the Triangle, schedule an appointment or call One Call Plumbing at (919) 925-2006