Nearly 60% of homeowners have moisture issues in the basement, which can lead to mold and mildew growth. To ensure your basement remains dry during heavy rains, call Apex Plumbing Pros and ask about a sump pump installation in the Columbus Metropolitan area.
A sump pump is your home’s first line of defense against water during heavy rains and flooding. Moisture in the house can cause a host of problems including high humidity, mold and mildew, musty-smelling air, wood rot, electrical damage, and the influx of pests. If you live in an area that receives heavy rainfall, call us to find out how a sump pump installation can protect your valuable property.
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What Is a Sump Pump?
Sump pumps are pumps you install into a pit, or sump, in the basement or underground space to prevent the area from flooding. While sump pumps don’t dry out a basement if it’s already wet, they prevent water from flooding in case of heavy rain.
Sump pumps are necessary for people who live in areas that get severe storms and heavy rain that can overwhelm storm drains. When drains become overwhelmed, that excess water often finds its way into people’s basements.
If you’re at all concerned about basement flooding, you need to consider a sump pump installation. And if you already have one installed, make sure it’s ready to do its job by performing regular sump pump maintenance.
When Do You Need a Sump Pump?
You might be wondering whether you need a sump pump or not. Consider the answers to the following questions.
- Does your basement have a history of flooding? If so, there’s a good chance it will flood again.
- Does the area in which you live get lots of rain, storms, and snow? If so, the possibility of flooding is ever-present.
- Is your home in a flat or low-lying area? If so, it’s in a prime spot for flooding.
- Do you have a finished basement? Finished basements often hide drainage problems until the damage is done.
Add a Sump Pump Battery Backup for Flood Prevention Peace of Mind!
While a sump pump will do a great job of protecting your home from flood damage during a severe storm or plumbing problems, what happens if the power goes out? Sump pumps depend on electricity, and during extreme weather, blackouts are not uncommon. If your home loses power, your sump pump will be unable to do the job it was designed for.
This is why many sump pump owners opt for a battery backup. With a properly installed battery backup from Apex Plumbing Pros, your sump pump will have a "plan B" for power. Give yourself the peace of mind that your basement, valuable possessions, and home are safe from water damage even during a power outage by asking our team more about having a battery backup installed!
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Simple Tips for Sump Pump Maintenance
The sump pump is one of those devices that are like insurance -- it’s better to have one and not need it than to need one and not have it. Since the sump pump is responsible for protecting your home against flooding and water damage, it’s crucial that it work when needed.
Since sump pumps often sit for months without activating, it’s wise to conduct routine maintenance to ensure it’s ready to go if the need arises.
Every 3-4 Months
- Clean the pump inlet screen.
- Check the power cord and make sure it’s connected to power.
- Dump a bucket into the sump to test that the pump turns on.
Once a Year
- Remove the pump from the sump to clean and inspect it.
- Clean out the sump.
- Check to see if the bearings need lubrication.
- Check the power cord to make sure it’s connected to power.
- Dump a bucket into the sump to make sure the pump activates.
- Call a professional plumbing contractor for a sump pump checkup.