This week has brought severe weather across the country, most notably the devastating Alabama tornados. Heavy rains have lead to localized flooding from coast to coast. As we watch the news on tv, we have to wonder: could that happen here? How well would my house stand up to intense weather?
Even small storms can have a large impact on your home. Just a few inches of water can cause significant damage, flooding basements and destroying homeowner’s possessions. Sump pumps are the homeowner’s first line of defense against flooded basements.
Protect Your Home: The Sump Pump
Sump pumps are small pumps installed in your basement for the purpose of removing water. There are many reasons why there’s water in your basement. Every home is different. Some homes experience water in the basement due to localized high ground water conditions, for example. As we’ve seen this week, severe weather can happen at any time, in any place – so all homes need to be protected.
When you’re selecting a sump pump, you’ll discover you have two choices. Pedestal sump pumps feature a small pump set atop a pedestal between 30-36 inches high. Submersible pumps can operate underwater, and are generally installed in a sump pit.
Your Glen Ellyn plumber can tell you the best type of sump pump for your home. There are a number of factors to take into account, including the size of your home, how often you’ll expect to be using the pump, and the reliability of the power source for your sump pump. Ask your Glen Ellyn plumber about sump pumps with battery backup.
Sump pump installation involves selecting the best location for the sump pump, digging a sump pit – a small hole to accommodate the pump – and connecting the pump to check valves, which prevent water from flowing back into your home, and drainage pipes.