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Does my house need a sump pump?

If you’re asking thisquestion then there’s a good chance the answer is yes. But, lets took a look at what a sump pump is designed to do and why you may need it; that will help youmake the right decision.

The Sump Pump

The sump pump sits in the basement or another place in your home that is below ground level and could suffer from water ingression. When water enters the area it will go into the pump.

There is a small float in the pump, it rises with the water, as soon as it lifts sufficiently the pump will be activated; of course you’ll need a power supply for this. The pump will then remove the water by pumping it through the sump pump or dewatering pumps, and out the discharge pipe.

In theory,this should take it away from your home and prevent it from flooding.

Of course, it is important to choose a high-qualitypump and have it maintained regularly. You’ll also need to consider having a backup power supply; in case your power supply fails.

It is important to be aware that the sump pump is usually fitted into a small space carved below the basement floor; this should ensure that it removes the water before it becomes an issue. 

Why You Should Have  A Sump Pump

If your home is in a flood risk area then you need a sump pump. You’ll need to have a professional assess what flow rate you should get; this is the maximum amount of water that could be entering your home at one time; your pump will need to be rated higher than this. If it isn’t it won’t be able to keep up in a worst case scenario and you’ll still experience the flood.

But, if you’re not in a flood zone that doesn’t mean you’re automatically safe and don’t need the sump pump.

If your basement is below ground level it could attract moisture from the surrounding area; causing it to flood.

In addition, you should take a look at the external drains in your area and the downpipes. It’spossible that your basement or garages aresituated in such a place that the water willnaturally collect aroundit; in which case it will find its wayin at some point.

Perhaps the best way to look at a sump pump is like your house insurance. You get it and hope you never need it. But, if you do ever need it you’ll be incredibly glad you got it!

The Importance Of Maintenance

If you’ve decided that your home is at risk of flooding then you need to have the sump pump properly fitted and maintained regularly.

The power supply connection will need to be high above any possible water level; you’ll also need to give the pump a backup power source, in case the mains has gone out. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll need to make sure the pump and the discharge pipe remain clean and clear of debris.

As a bonus, you may even find that the insurance offers you a discount; thanks to your new sump pump.

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