Is Your Sump Pump Ready for Rainfall?

Many houses around the Sioux Empire have basements, and it’s not uncommon for those basements to flood or leak during heavy rainfalls. To protect your home from moisture problems and flooding, a sump pump can be installed in your home.

A sump pump is a machine device, usually electrically powered, that is installed in a pit about two feet deep in the lower level of a home. It helps keep the space dry and prevents flooding by draining any water that enters below your home’s basement and moving it away from the foundation.

Water flows into a sump pump through the drains, or by natural water migration through the soil around your home. Having moisture in your basement can damage the foundation, and cause the growth of mold and mildew. A sump pump ensures a healthier home environment for you and your family, and helps protect your possessions.

Sump pumps will typically turn on automatically, and will remove water or moisture before it can cause issues, however it’s always best practice to check your sump pump monthly to ensure it’s working properly. Test your pump by pouring water into the hole. The pump should turn on, drain most of the water, and then turn off. It is normal for several inches of water to remain at the bottom of the pit after the pump turns off. A sump pump that is not functioning properly can cause expensive water damage to your home in the future.

Most people don’t realize their sump pump is not functioning correctly until it’s too late and they have a flooded basement. Being one of your home’s primary appliances, homeowners should keep sump pumps in good condition. Most sump pumps will operate for 10 to 15 years before needing replacement, and properly maintaining your sump pump will save you money in the long run.

For the most part, basement water and moisture concerns come from water problems outside of the house. Gutters and downspouts that carry water away from the house are preventative ways to help direct water away from your foundation. During spring and fall it’s important to clean your gutters to get rid of any debris and leaves to ensure that water can flow through them and stay out of your home.

At Howe, our certified plumbing professionals can install, maintain, or repair your sump pump system with our state-of-the-art solutions. Howe has access to all sizes, brands and styles of sump pumps including battery backup pumps and water powered pumps that will run even when the power goes out. For extra piece of mind, a high water alarm can be installed to notify you before a flood.  

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