A sump pump is a device placed in the basement of a home that’s designed to pump water in the sump hole where it’s situated away from the house through drain pipes. A trigger mechanism activates the sump pump when the height of the water reaches a critical level, and the pump turns on to begin pumping water away from the foundation and flooring to prevent damage to them.
If any kind of flooding should occur in the basement, it almost certainly will cause problems for a homeowner. For one thing, the cleanup in the basement will be time-consuming and difficult, and there may be water damage to some items. If the water is allowed to sit for any length of time, there could also be damage to the flooring or even the walls of the foundation. Even a small amount of residual dampness will lead to mold and mildew growth, making the basement hazardous to your health.
Benefits of Sump Pump Installation
Northeast Ohio gets a considerable amount of rain and snow, and if your basement is not equipped to handle the water seepage that will filter through the ground, your home could be at risk for water damage. There are several other benefits of sump pump installation in your basement, including:
- If your basement is finished and/or furnished, a sump pump will prevent damage to furniture and household belongings.
- The structural soundness of the foundation and flooring will be maintained.
- Dampness and humidity will be controlled so that the basement is drier and healthier.
- It will inhibit the growth of fungus such as mold and mildew.
- A properly operating sump pump also will discourage the proliferation of termites, roaches and other insect pests.
- It will deter the spread of rust or corrosion on metal surfaces.
For more information on protecting your home with a sump pump or to discuss any other home comfort issue, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’ve been serving the Greater Cleveland area for the past 79 years.
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