Sump pumps have become essential equipment in preventing basement and crawl space water damage since the Federal Clean Water Act prohibited builders in the majority of municipalities from draining rainwater collected by gutters into sewer systems. Most often, the retaining water basins in new construction communities fail to completely alleviate flooding concerns.
Estimates state 90 to 95 percent of all basements will experience some form of water penetration, flooding, or recurrent leaking water concerns. The main source of flooding is usually caused by water not being carried far enough away from the foundation. Rainwater and melted snow saturate the ground near the home then filters in through fissures and cracks in the foundation, drain tiles, walls, and floors. However, there may be other more serious structural problems to consider.
Sump pump systems work well when the homeowner is aware of the root causes and concerns for flooding or excess water. If there is a soil settlement or soil saturation concern that has not been properly addressed, the foundation or slab will be at risk for structural damage. Sump pumps function well as the last line of defense against flooding.
Sump pumps are designed to expel the water collected in the sump hole or pit before reaching your basement or crawl space floor level. When water reaches the critical level, it is pumped outside through a pipe leading away from your foundation.
No one wants to deal with the inconveniences of time-consuming clean-up caused by flooding. As most flooding problems occur following severe weather episodes, sump pump systems have been developed with reliable auxiliary power accessories, ensuring continued operation during power failures. These battery back-ups and extended auxiliary power sources prevent thousands of dollars in financial material losses and structural damages.
A recurrent flooding problem decreases home value due to damages of these items: plumbing system, foundation, drain tiles, cracked or bowed walls, cracked floors, electrical systems, carpet, tiles, drywall, and rotted wood, etcetera. A consistent and prevalent water penetration issue is the leading cause to discourage potential homebuyers.
Novice installers can be exposed to dangerous situations inherent in sump pump installation and encounter structural difficulties. Therefore, it is highly recommended that only qualified professionals install and/or repair sump pumps.
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