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Do you need a sump pump? Here are 5 reasons to consider installing a sump pump to keep the water out of your home.

Posted by: Chris Laney on January 21, 2019

Do you need a sump pump? Here are 5 reasons to consider installing a sump pump to keep the water out of your home.

Sump pumps have one purpose – to keep water out of your basement and far away from your home. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding or your home sits on lower land that tends to collect water, a sump pump is the ideal way to keep your home free of flooding and water damage.

Many homes may already have a sump pump installed in their basements, but if your home is sump pump free – here are five reasons to have a sump pump installed.

  1. A sump pump has one main purpose – to keep your basement or crawlspace water free. The pump will sit in a pit that is specifically built for the appliance. Once this pit begins to fill with water, the pump kicks into action and starts to push the water through a pipe away from your home. The pump is activated with a float activator, much like the one found in a toilet tank. When the activator reaches a specific level, it signals the pump to begin draining water away from the home. A check valve installed between the pipe and the sump pump keeps the water from flowing back into the pit. Most pumps run on standard electricity with no need for specialized wiring or power sources.
  2. By keeping the water out of your basement, a sump pump will help you maintain a mold and mildew free home. Since the sump pump keeps the home dry, mildew and mold do not have a breeding ground! Mold can cause health hazards to those in the household, as well as also cause wood rot and dangerous conditions in the foundations of your home! The professionals at Water Out offer mold remediation services to households that may experience mold problems, but a sump pump will keep the mold and mildew out of the home before it starts!
  3. Homeowners are alerted to unusually high water levels, which can prevent floods before they start. Even if a sump pump malfunctions and does not kick in and start pulling the water away from the home, it can alert you to any high water levels that may turn into a flood with little to no warning. Some sump pumps can even connect to your smart home systems, sending notifications straight to your phone when necessary. This can save your basement from major flooding and water damage that could be disastrous.
  4. While not all homes have a sump pump, those that do typically see an increase in resale value. A working sump pump that is well maintained and in working order is extremely attractive to a prospective buyer. Dry basements and crawl spaces show that the presence of mold or mildew is not present. The basement is likely to be more structurally stable than those that experience frequent flooding.
  5. A sump pump can also help your landscaping! A proper lawn needs proper water flow. Using a sump pump, you have control over the direction of where the excess water is emptied within your yard. No more marsh lands for a backyard! Instead, route the sump pump drain far enough away from your yard, keeping the area free from too much water.

These are just a few reasons that installing a sump pump is helpful in your home. Most contractors agree that sump pumps are a necessity for homes in areas that experience snow, rain, or heavy precipitation. Having a sump pump will not hurt your home. However, NOT having one installed can mean major water damage at the first heavy rainfall.

Water Damage Services

If you do not have a sump pump installed and have experienced water damage due to flooding from any source, the Water Out team is here to help. We understand exactly what is needed to remove the water from your home, getting rid of all flooding signs. This includes areas that may be perfect breeding grounds for mold and mildew.

If you are in the Fort Wayne area, call us today for more information – remember we're open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency services!


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