Is it worth purchasing a sump pump for your home?
A sump pump is a basement pump designed to keep a basement dry and free from flooding. Sump pumps can save homeowners thousands of dollars. In a place such as Granite City, Illinois, which experiences a lot of spring rains, it is a very good idea to have a sump pump in case of flooding. In Granite City, there are certain parameters for where a sump pump can discharge. If you are unfamiliar with sump pumps, it would be a good idea to get a professional, such as the plumbers from Darwyn’s Plumbing, to install it for you so that your sump pump will work effectively and meet Granite City code.
If you are trying to decide if your basement needs a sump pump, here are a few things you should ask yourself.
1. Has your basement flooded before?
A good red flag for anything is if it has happened before. Flooding is no different. It is unlikely that a basement would flood once, and then never again. Therefore, if your basement has ever flooded, it’s a good idea to consider sump pump installation.
2. Your house is on a flat area or in a dip
In situations where your house is not elevated, water is more likely to collect. The earth around your home will eventually become supersaturated with water and will not be able to hold any more moisture. This can often lead to flooding.
3. If your home is in a place with a lot of moisture
It rains a lot in Granite City, which means your home is definitely susceptible to moisture. Of course, even if your basement has not flooded, all that moisture can lead to mold in your home. Mold can cause respiratory and other health problems.
4. You have an old sump pump
A sump pump should last up to 10 years if properly maintained. However, if your sump pump is more than six or seven years old, it’s a good idea to err on the side of caution and get a new one in case your old one starts to malfunction.
If you’re in need of a plumber to check your sump pump, give Darwyn’s Plumbing a call today.