The Advantages of Having a Sump Pump

Do you have a crawlspace or basement in your middle Tennessee home? If the answer is yes, then you need a sump pump. Sump pumps give you peace of mind from lurking disasters that you might not be able to see coming. A lot of homeowners do not understand the benefits of having a sump pump, it does its job without you even knowing it. If you would like to know how a sump pump can work for you then keep reading below. If you have any questions and would like to speak to a professional then give us a call at 615-864-9459 and a H20 plumbing specialist can come out and answer any questions that you have on installing a sump pump in your crawlspace or basement.

Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a drain system that prevents crawlspace and basement flooding. Sump pumps are installed in the ground of a crawlspace or the floor of a basement. The system collects groundwater before it threatens to flood your home. Here in middle Tennessee, we have a high chance of flooding, so a sump pump is a great drain system to have. A sump pump will collect all of this water and send it away from your home through a drain pipe that is installed through the ground. You can think of this as an additional piece of flood insurance.

The Benefits of a Sump Pump

  • Prevents Flooding
  • Greatly Reduces the Chance of Mold Growth
  • Prevents Electrical Fires

Prevents Flooding

This is the main reason why home owners install a sump pump in their homes. Your sump pump is installed in a pit called the sump, that is the lowest area of the crawlspace or basement floor. When the pit fills with water, the pump removes this through a pipe that leads outdoors. Once your sump pump fills to a certain level of water it is emptied automatically. Sumps pumps use a float switch to detect the level of water and when the water gets to a certain level the switch activates the pump and pushes it through the drain pipe.

Mold Growth

The sump pump keeps the area under your house dry, so it prevents the growth of mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can only survive with a reliable source of moisture to sustain them. If you do not have a sump pump and have a flood, the increased amounts of moisture in your home allow mold and mildew to thrive. This can lead to unpleasant odors in your home. Mold and mildew in your home are a great risk to your health.

Electrical Fires

Flooding is actually one of the main causes of electrical fires for the home. This might seem a little odd, but it actually is true. The water fills every available space as it rises through your basement or crawl space. This means that it touches the inside of your walls and electrical wiring. These appliances are not meant to touch water. It is the best case scenario that they will stop working, but it is common for these things to short circuit and cause fires. There are many appliances in your basement that can cause these problems. A sump pump will make sure that this will never happen.

If you are thinking of installing a sump pump in your home and live in the middle Tennessee area, then please give us a call at 615-864-9459. We are always willing to help you with any of your plumbing needs.