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Do I Need a Sump Pump?

Backup-Sump-PumpFor those who don’t live in particularly wet areas, the concept of flooding is only really threatening when it’s submerging houses and turning freeways into rivers. We know better, though. The water level doesn’t need to be twenty feet high to cause immense damage to the home.

In fact, only a little bit of water damage in the right place can cost thousands of dollars to repair. That’s why so many people make use of sump pumps to keep the more vulnerable areas of the home safe. If you’re not sure whether or not you could benefit from using a sump pump, read on.

What is A Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a system designed to prevent mild-to-moderate flooding from occurring and damaging vulnerable areas of your home. It won’t be able to protect from anything severe enough to require evacuation, but it will make sure that you don’t suddenly find that your basement has become a pool overnight.

The sump is a collection pit that is dug at the lowest point of the area it is meant to protect. This ensures that all water entering the area will flow downhill into it. The sump pump is then installed either in or directly above the sump, with a pipe running from it out of the house. As water flows into the room, the water level in the sump rises. Once it reaches a set point, the pump will activate and pump all the collected water out of the house.

Placement

The most vulnerable parts of a home to flooding are usually belowground, like basements and crawlspaces. Those areas also tend to contain rather important home systems, like climate control and electrical panels. Obviously, you don’t want to expose any of these systems to water if you can help it. For those who are worried that they might have those areas flood during a particularly heavy storm, it’s a good idea to have a sump pump. You may only have it activate a couple of times a year, but it can more than pay for itself in savings if it prevents you from having to replace your heater or anything else that might have gotten water damaged.

If you’re still not entirely certain whether or not you could benefit from installing a sump pump, it’s a good idea to call a professional and have them examine the space for you. A professional technician should be able to estimate the risk of the space flooding, and whether or not it would be worth the investment to install a sump pump to protect against it. Still, if you’re really worried about it, we recommend installing one. Better to have it and not need it than the other way around, after all.

Pipeworks Inc. provides a full range of sump pump services in Champaign, IL. If you need a sump pump installed or serviced, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians. We’ll make sure that your home is properly protected against water damage.

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