We may not have to worry about many hurricanes in Illinois, but we’re no strangers to heavy rains and subsequent flood waters. If you’ve lived in the area for any length of time, you probably also know that your house doesn’t have to be completely submerged to suffer terrible water damage.
Even some minor storm runoff that becomes trapped in the wrong area of the home can cause immense damage if left alone for long enough. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a sump pump. Read on to find out more about sump pumps, what they do, and why you should probably have one installed somewhere in your home.
Chances are, you have a crawl space, a basement, or both in your home. Both of these areas tend to be at or below ground level, and neither is well known for having good storm drainage. This is a problem during one of our many rainstorms, which can cause water to flow into these areas and become trapped. No one likes coming down their basement stairs, only to find a swimming pool that wasn’t there the day before. Needless to say, this can cause immense water damage to the home that could cost thousands of dollars to repair. This is especially true if you store things like your HVAC and water heater systems in the basement, as they don’t do very well with water exposure, either. Crawlspaces may not house as many systems as often, but you still probably don’t want yours to flood if at all possible.
The Sump Pump
A sump pump is designed to protect these vulnerable areas of your home from mild-to-moderate flooding risks. A small pit is dug at the lowest point of the room. This is called the sump. All water flowing into the room will naturally flow downhill and into the sump. The sump pump is installed either directly inside, or on top of, the sump. A dedicated drain pipe runs from the sump pump outside of the home. When the water level inside the sump reaches a certain level, the sump pump will activate and pump all the collected water out of the home. This will prevent your home from flooding, and will save you potentially thousands of dollars’-worth of repairs.
Of course, it’s important to remember that the sump pump won’t protect from all flooding risks. A flood severe enough to submerge an entire floor or more in water will obviously overwhelm the system. Still, it’s a good thing to be able to rely on in cases where the space that needs protecting is below ground level. You may only need to use it a few times a year, but it can pay for itself pretty easily just by protecting a space every once in a while.
Pipeworks Inc. offers comprehensive sump pump installation services in Normal, IL. If you need professional sump pump installation services, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We can make sure that all of your home is as protected as possible against floodwaters.