Prevent Basement Flooding with a Submersible Sump Pump
Installing a submersible sump pump in your basement
is one of the best defenses against flooding you can have. It can
save you thousands of dollars in damage, help maintain the value of your home and ultimately protect your
belongings from flood damage.
Prevention, as they say is better then cure, so why not get yourself a
submersible sump pump to make sure that a flooded basement is something that never happens to
Just imagine all the damage that a flooded basement could do.
Even an inch of water can cause thousand of dollars worth of damage - wrecked carpets that have to be thrown away,
damaged furniture that will never look the same again, rotten wood, damaged foundations, plumbing problems, not to
mention the time and expense it can take to clear up.
Installing a sump
pump has become increasingly more
important, especially for people with newer houses. The reason for this is that the Federal Clean Water Act does
not allow builders in many districts to divert rainwater gathering in gutters to sewerage systems. This means that
this water can gather and cause flooding if it is not deposited far enough away from your
Basement flooding is also a potential and common problem
for people with houses on flat ground because the rain or melting snow has no place to go except the soil.
This makes the ground saturated, and pressure builds up, forcing the water into cracks in your foundation
floors or walls, seeping in and causing flooding in your basement.
Installing a submersible sump
pump for basements is one of the best defenses
against flooding you can have. The most common cause of flooding is water building in the soil that works it's way
to your basement. A submersible sump pump will pump out the water from the lowest point in your basement to make
sure that the water level never reaches the basement floor.
Submersible sump pumps will detect the groundwater as it rises and before it reaches the
basement floor the water will be pumped through the sump hole - a pipe that leads away from the precious foundation
of your basement.
There are two main types of sump pumps on the
(1) The pedestal sump pump, which stands upright with a motor higher then the pump that is not
meant to get wet. This type of sump pump has a float switch that is activated when the
water reaches the 'critical level' and the water is diverted safely away. Pedestal sump pumps are less expensive
then their submersible relatives but are very noisy.
(2) The submersible sump pump is installed in the ground and works underwater. They are also
activated by a float switch but they are the better investment as they are a lot quieter, are safer and often have
a longer life because their motors are sealed and therefore protected from moisture and dust.
Easy Submersible Sump Pump Maintenance
Once you have a sump pump, you will often wonder how you ever
owned a home without one. It is a much needed drainage tool that will help guard both your basement and your home
against water and flood damage. However, merely owning one is not enough. If it breaks down and does not work, you
might as well not even have one. The results will be the same. Routine submersible sump pump maintenance is a must.
There are many ways to do that, and how to keep your sump pump well maintained depends on your level of technical
expertise and how much money you are willing to spend.
Many owners hire contractors or sub-contracts for their sump
pump needs. If you are not mechanically inclined, this is probably your best option. Sure, it will cost more, but
you will not have to worry as much. Even if you are not good with engine, motors and machines, there are still a
few things you can do. Most manufacturers will suggest yearly cleaning, especially right before forecasted storms
and wet weather seasons. Every few months, turn the pump on and test it. If you notice mechanical problems, then
call the professionals. You never want to find a malfunction too late. That means your basement will have
So in conclusion, investing a few hundred dollars in a
submersible sump pump may well save you thousands of dollars in damage, help maintain the value of your home and
ultimately protect your belongings from flood damage.