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Do You Need a Sump Pump in Your Home?

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What You Should Know About Sump Pumps

Homeowners may experience flooding of their houses for a number of reasons. Excessive rain, or a basement that is located below the ground water table are common culprits. The solution to this problem is a sump pump.

What is a sump pump?

A sump pump is a special kind of pump that is designed to get rid of water that has collected wherever it is not wanted such as a basement. In addition to removing flood waters from a low lying structure, the pump can also help remedy dampness problems.

Rapid snow melt can also lead to flooding problems, so they are beneficial for many types of homes. The construction of new homes often comes with requirements for installation of sump pumps. In fact, there is legislation in place to make the pumps required in new homes according to the amendments to the 1987 Federal Clean Water Act.

Why are sump pumps beneficial?

Ask yourself if your home is protected from the entry of water. Rain is the major cause of basement flooding, but you may also have flooding from a broken water pipe. A drainage system inside your basement that makes use of a sump pump will keep your things and your basement dry.

If the sump pump pit fills up with water, a float in the pump will rise until it reaches a certain level. At this point the pump is activated automatically, so you can breathe easy knowing that your home is safe.

A pipe or hose runs from the pump to the outside. This is how the water is channeled away from the foundation to a safe distance from your home. Sometime the pumps are on a timer so that they will run for a predetermined amount of time at regular intervals. This keeps the pit's water level consistently safe.

Why do I need sump pump services?

Water damage in a home gets worse the longer you wait to have it taken care of. Furniture and other property will be irreversibly damaged by the water.

Mold and mildew thrive in a moist environment, and exposure is harmful to your health. A moist basement can be a nesting ground for many harmful fungal and bacterial growth. Nothing but expensive headaches can result from flooding basements, so make sure your home is prepared.

Hindsight is always 20/20, don't wait until it's too late to protect your home. To install or repair a sump pump in your Fort Lauderdale home, call the experts of C & D Plumbing Inc. at (954) 758-8169.