Water in your basement is a big problem, particularly if it accumulates on a regular basis. This happens for a number of reasons. For instance, the basement of your home may be below the level of the local water table. You also may live in an area that is prone to flooding, in which case installing a sump pump is a reasonable precaution to take.
While you may be inclined to try and ignore the problem of water accumulating in your basement, especially if it is infrequent or if you do not spend much time down there, this is never a good idea. The regular presence of water in your basement can do some real damage to your foundation and the equipment that your basement houses. It also contributes to overall dampness, which makes it more likely that mold will start to grow.
Boulden Plumbing is proud to offer several great sump pump products to our greater Wilmington & Dover, DE area customers. Taking advantage of our sump pump installation, and repair services now can help you keep your home in good condition for the long haul.
Sump Pump Tip
If your basement doesn’t flood very often, you still might think about getting a sump pump installed. If you use your basement for storage, waterproofing your it and getting a sump pump will help protect your possessions. And if you have a finished basement, a sump pump is an important way to keep a flood from damaging your property. Weigh the cost of the repairs you’ll need to make after a flood versus the cost of a sump pump to help you make the decision.
What a Sump Pump Does
Although you have probably heard of sump pumps, you may not be totally familiar with what they actually do. Sump pumps work to pump out any water that has accumulated in your basement. The pump directs the water into a subsidiary drain that travels away and downhill from your home.
But before your sump pump can pump the water out of your basement, it needs to reach it. That is why sump pumps are generally installed within a sump pit. This pit represents the lowest level in your basement where all water will flow. Once it reaches the sump pit, the water can then be pumped out.
Types of Sump Pumps
There are two main types of sump pumps that you can have installed in your home. Pedestal sump pumps stand upright and are installed above the level of the sump pit. Submersible sump pumps, on the other hand, are found inside the sump pit itself and are sealed thoroughly within a protective housing so that water cannot get in and damage vulnerable parts.
Both types of sump pumps work fine. However, submersible sump pumps are often do a more thorough job because they are at the level of the water.
Many sump pump models run on electricity, but it is always a good idea to have some type of backup system in place. You can get a sump pump with a battery backup, water powered or you can hook it up to your emergency generator. Backing up your sump pump is important because you will probably need it the most during storms, when the power is most likely to go out.
Sump Pump Maintenance and Repair
Boulden provides full sump pump installation and repair services in the Wilmington & Dover metropolitan area. Whether we did your initial sump pump installation or not, we have the skills and equipment to work on all makes and models of sump pumps. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of sump pumps or you need someone to take over the care of your current unit, call us today.