Signs You Need a Sump Pump

Most homes in America have soggy basements, and this invariably leads to mold and potential damage to your home and belongings. Therefore, a sump pump is such an amazing device that can save many homeowners thousands of dollars down the line. It does this by moving the water from a basin installed at the lowest point of your basement away from your home, preventing excess water from entering your basement and causing damage to your home. The key is having your sump pump installed before the next rainfall. However, you may be wondering if your home really needs a sump pump. Well, here are some signs that your home may need a sump pump.

Signs Your Home Needs a Sump Pump

In cases where a home needs a sump pump but does not already have one installed, it is likely that signs are already present. You just need to keep an eye out and look for them, and they are generally fairly apparent.

The first sign is easy to see, and that is a flooding basement. In many homes, this is a regular occurrence that happens during every rainy season, particularly for those without gutters that properly direct rainwater away from their home. This can also be exasperated by poor plumbing as well.

Another sign is if you live in a particularly flat or low-lying region that retains water. In this case, your basement is far more likely to be exposed to a large amount of water. This is also true if your home is in a region that is exposed to a large amount of rain or snowfall.

It is also important to check if a sump pump may be needed before attempting to finish a basement. As such, it is always wise to have these issues checked, any necessary repairs completed, and a sump pump installed if necessary to prevent flood damage before going through a costly basement finish that may be destroyed by basement flooding.

Types of Sump Pumps

If you do choose to have a sump pump installed, you will need to choose the right sump pump for your basement, so let’s take a quick look at the two styles of sum pumps on the market. Though there are many brands that manufacture sump pumps available on the market today, there are still only two primary styles. These include submersible and pedestal pumps.

Submersible Sump Pump

Submersible sump pumps are one unit that includes both the pump and the motor. This unit is in the basin located at the lowest point of your basement. Because they are continuously exposed to water, they typically do not have as long as a service life, but they do generally run quieter, clog less, and save space.

Pedestal Sump Pump

A pedestal sump pump contains a separate motor and pumps with the motor sitting above the basin and a hose running from it down into the basing, where the pump rests. Due to the fact the motor is not submerged, it generally is easier to maintain and has a longer service life, but it is also typically louder.

Final Thoughts

If your home is showing signs that it needs a sump pump, then don’t delay in having one installed. A sump pump can protect your home from mold and potentially severe flood damage and putting it off can only lead to more water damage.

Contact Us

If your home needs any plumbing services, then contact J Griffin Heating & Plumbing today. Our team has over thirty years of experience assisting homeowners with all of their heating and plumbing needs. Call us at 781-520-1212 and connect with us on Facebook.