4 Major Benefits of a Sump Pump

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According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), floods are the number one disaster in American, averaging over $3 billion in claims per year. If you’ve ever come home to water in your basement then you know what a nightmare it is. The clean up process can be both time consuming and labor intensive.

The average cost to fix a basement depends on the amount of damage that has been done to the home and can range from 10 thousand to 50 thousand dollars. For homeowners not covered with flood insurance this can be devastating. To avoid these costly repairs, many homeowners have taken a proactive approach to protecting their homes with the installation of a sump pump. In the wake of one of the wettest summers thus far in Minnesota, you can’t go wrong with the installation of a sump pump.

A sump pump collects and redirects water away from the foundation of a home. There are two types of sump pumps: submersible and non-submersible. A submersible pump is typically more common than pedestal pumps as they are installed when a home is being built. A non-submersible sump pump comes in two pieces, which include the motor (which is installed above the basement floor) and a hose (which feeds water into the sump pit). These pumps can be installed in any home and are often the less expensive of the two. Other things to consider before installing a sump pump:

 

  • Do you know where your sewer line is?
  • Do you know where your homes main waterline is? If you are unsure check with you’re local building code offices.
  • Do you know how thick the concrete floor is or if there is gravel beneath it?
  • Some sump pumps come equipped with a back up battery in the face of an electrical power outage. For you, is this an investment worth making?

 

If you’re contemplating a sump pump installation, below are a few things to take into consideration.

  • The threat of mold and mildew is a nightmare that no homeowner wants to deal with. Continual dampness in a basement contributes to the growth of mold and mildew. Mold and mildew is both damaging to building materials in addition to instigating health problems. Posing both structural dangers and health hazards, it is smart to invest in a sump pump to keep your basement tight and dry and hold mold and mildew at bay.
  • The water in your home can short-circuit appliances in the basement. As a result, the installation of a sump pump will keep water from threatening equipment such as a laundry machine, water heater and heating system that could potentially trigger household fires. Bottom line: a sump pump can reduce the risk of a fire in your home.
  • In addition, a sump pump can add value to your home and raise your property value. A sump pump will demonstrate that your home is structurally sound and at a lower risk for mildew.

 

Installing a sump pump can provide your home with the protection it requires and give you the peace of mind you deserve. If you have questions about sump pump installation, maintenance, or repair, do not hesitate to contact us today. We will be happy to discuss your options. You can also schedule an appointment, or inquire about any of our other plumbing services.

 

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Twin Cities is the best in the business. Our plumbers have the necessary experience to guarantee your satisfaction with every plumbing repair job. The Punctual Plumbers strive to provide the highest level of competence, unsurpassed honesty, integrity, and consideration with every service call.

 

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