Homeowners frequently ask questions about the topic of sump pumps. It can be helpful to know what these devices do and what types of benefits they offer, in order to ascertain whether or not a sump pump would represent a wise investment.
How Sump Pumps Function
A sump pump essentially functions as a type of small scale water pumping system. Water from the surrounding environment collects in a depression called a sump basin, and the sump pump then mechanically forces this fluid away, usually into a municipal storm drain.
Many houses with basements located at depths below the surrounding water table will flood periodically, especially after rainy or snowy weather, when water seeps into the surrounding soil and soaks into the lower level of a residence. A sump pump can help keep the basement dry.
The two widely used types of sump pumps perform similar activities, but with some slight differences. A pedestal style sump pump sits above the sump basin; for this reason, this device remains visible.
By contrast, a submersible sump pump works inside protective casing at a level just below the sump basin. It remains out of sight. Some models also remove accumulated debris from water that has pooled into the sump basin.
Benefits of a Sump Pump
The primary benefit of a sump pump involves moving water away from a foundation. Sump pumps can represent a significant benefit in homes with deep basements, and especially in homes where basements sit below the water table.
Standing water can give rise to a dank, damp, unpleasant or smelly environment. Over time, the presence of pooled water damages foundations. Additionally, people usually do not appreciate going downstairs and encountering standing water. This situation can prevent a basement from providing a safe work space, for instance.
Finally, collected water sometimes attracts unwelcome visitors to a home. Mold can grow in wet environments, for example. Mosquito populations also flourish in some warmer areas, if sufficient standing water provides a surface for them to lay eggs.
In the worst case scenarios, collected water sitting in basement areas for long periods of time, especially in rural locations, can even support vermin and attract wandering wildlife.
Should You Purchase a Sump Pump?
The answer to this question remains highly individual. Your plumber usually can advise you whether a sump pump would benefit your home, depending on the surrounding water level and the drainage system.
Hindsight is always 20/20, don’t wait until it’s too late to protect your home. To install or repair a sump pump in your San Mateo home, call the experts of James Caccia Plumbing Inc. at (650) 376-6800.
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