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Importance of Sump Pumps

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

The above picture shows a sump pump in a basement pit.

If your home is not equipped with a sump pump, it is a very good idea to install one to prevent water damage in your home or business. 

A sump pump is placed in a pit made in the basement floor that serves as a spot for water to collect before collect on the floor. Once the water fill up in the pit, it starts to push up the float activator, similar to one in a toilet tank. This starts the pump and begins to suck the water out and push it through a pipe or hose and out away from the house. Most pumps are installed with a check valve in between the pipe and pump which keeps water from flowing back into the pit. 

Installing and having a sump pump will help you in the long run and will also prevent mold and mildew in your basement. Keeping your basement dry is important to prevent the presence of mold and mildew which can cause a lot of other issues. Homes with working sump pumps tend to see an increase in resale value of the home. Make sure your sump pump is checked and maintained regularly to prevent malfunctions and flooding of your basement. 

If you experience a flood in your basement, or have any questions about preventing water damage, please call SERVPRO of Columbia & Greene Counties at (518) 943-5005 today! 

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