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Why Sump Pumps Are Necessary

After the recent heavy rains, area homeowners and businesses were appreciative of having working sump pumps, as they were put to the test. For most people, they don’t think about their sump pump as long as it is working properly. With that in mind, we want to address why it is necessary to have this piece of equipment.

According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, more than 60% of American homes have some type of moisture in their basements or crawlspaces. This can cause unpleasant mold, mildew, and fungus in the home as well as create possible health issues for those that reside in the home. As we live in a region that receives significant amounts of snow and rainfall, a sump pump is an essential part of your home.

Installed at the basement floor’s lowest position, a sump pump is designed to remove water and excess moisture from around the foundation of the building. It is typically installed in a dedicated sump pit known as a sump tank or basin. Most have a mechanized flotation system that triggers the appliance to turn on and start pumping water when it reaches a certain level. As the sump pump brings in water through a filter trap (i.e. drain tile), it directs water outside and away from the structure’s foundation through a discharge pipe. A check valve between the pump and the pipe keeps the water from back flowing into the house.

There are two general styles of sump pumps – a pedestal pump, where the motor is raised above the sump pit, and a submersible pump, which is fully concealed. As a sump pump runs on electricity, it is suggested that you have a battery backup in the event your home loses power.

Additional benefits of a having a battery backup system include…

  • advising a homeowner when the water level gets too high.
  • Protecting a finished basement
  • stabilizing the soil around the structure’s foundation.
  • protecting metal appliances (washer, dryer, freezer, etc.)
  • raising a home’s property value.
  • providing homeowners with peace of mind regardless of weather conditions, including notification of a failed primary pump, while removing water, in turn buying time to replace the failed unit.

When it comes to maintaining a sump pump and or back up system, it is recommended to test the system regularly by pouring water into the basin to confirm it starts. Also unplug the primary and run the test again – confirming the functionality of the back up system. There are options available to run tests automatically as well. WiFi enabled notification systems are highly recommended, and there are a number of options available.

For additional information on sump pumps, alarms, notification and back up systems, please contact Your Partners in Pumping at JMI. We are ready to help. Contact us at 800-234-5490 or sales@jimmurrayinc.com.

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