Sump Pumps as a Water Damage Preventative

Sump Pumps – Saving Your Home and Your Pocket

Seasonal rain brings much-needed relief to landscapes and water reserves. However, over a period of time, it can cause structural damage to the home. To prevent damage to your home during the rainy seasons, especially if your property is situated in a flood plain area, it is advisable to install a sump pump. This device will protect your home from heavy rains and rising waters that leave behind major repair costs and structural damage. Not only will this save your home but it will save your pocket too.

What are Sump Pumps and How Do They Work?

Sump pumps remove water from the lowest point of the home and force it into a draining space to avoid flooding, water damage and mould growth.

These pumps are equipped with valves that sense escalating water levels or pressure. When the water level gets too high, they automatically pump excess water out and away from the home using a discharge line. This line connects the pumps to a designated drainage area.

The Benefits of Having a Sump Pump in Your HomeSump Pumps

Sump pumps are typically used in homes where the accumulation of moisture and water can pose a potential problem.

  • Prevention of possible flooding – homes that are built close to the base of a slope or in areas that experience large amounts of seasonal precipitation are at risk of undergoing structural damage. Many homes are built over gravel which was used to bring a slightly over-excavated floor back to grade. Because water seeks the path of least resistance and will migrate sideways before going upwards, moisture beneath the floor will move through the layer of gravel to a sump pit before flooding the floor.
  • Mould and mildew – mould and mildew form and grow as a result of standing water which poses health and structural problems. A sump pump will eliminate the problem of standing water thereby helping to prevent the growth of mould and mildew in the home.
  • Humidity in the home – having excess water moved from the home specifically in the summer rainy season will reduce the amount of humidity in the home.
  • Insects and termites – damp is a breeding ground for insects and termites. By using a sump pump, you can reduce the chance of these types of infestations.
  • Electrical fires – flooding causes water to seep into walls which will eventually affect your electrical wiring. The best-case scenario is that your appliances will stop working, the worst case is a short circuit that will cause a fire. Sump pumps will divert the water thereby protecting the structure.

As a means of preventative maintenance, sump pumps are the best way to alleviate water damage to the home.

Types of Sump Pumps

Pedestal pumps are aboveground with the housing and motor as separate units. It is placed on a pedestal above the basin with a hose running from the basin where the pump is placed. The pump sends water through the hose and out to the designated drainage area. As they are not submersed, they can be very loud and take up more space. These are generally used in homes where there are basements and crawl spaces.

For homes with major flooding concerns, it is advisable to choose a submersible pump. The pump can be installed up to three metres away from the exterior of the home and should lead to the lowest part of your garden or a storm drain. A submersible pump has the motor and housing located inside the hole. These pumps are very powerful and, because they are submerged, tend to be quieter than other pumps.

Choosing the correct type of pump is easy, Ebara sump pumps are the best submersible pumps as they are made from corrosion-resistant materials, are built to last and are very energy efficient. After all, not only do you want to save your home, but you want to save your pocket as well.

Consult with the Experts

As suppliers of Ebara sump pumps, Prochem Chemical Pump Manufacturers are on hand to supply you with the right pump for your home. We will provide you with all the advice and information that you need to install your Ebara pump.  Contact us to find out more about our products and services.

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