Are you aware of what a sump pump is and how it helps your home when it is flooded. Living in Florida, especially Miami, we are very vulnerable to heavy rainstorms. This includes hurricanes. Because of this, we are prone to flooding. Here are Restoration Doctor, we are experts at water damage restoration.
The Basement is Flooded
A basement, being the lowest part of a home, is the most susceptible area to flooding. Sump pumps offer protection against water damage. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, 60 percent of homes in the United States have wet basements due to rain, humidity, or water entry from below the surface.
Housed in the sump pit, this pump is usually placed in the corner of the basement. The pit or tank is connected to a groundwater collection system, which either draws groundwater from the soil surrounding the structure or absorbs it from the terrain. A pressure sensor or float activator supports the automatic operation of most sump pumps.
What is A Pump Sump?
The sole job of this pump is to move water out of a pit or tank and away from the building. First, groundwater must be effectively collected. A drain rock and drain tile are installed along the foundation. The tile serves the duty of carrying water to the sump tank that is in the basement floor.
There are two main types :
- Submersible pumps: Submerged in the water and contained in a waterproof housing, the device sits at the bottom of the tank. Its outlet pipe is above while the bottom of the device has a flat screen or grate to block debris. Water or moisture is drawn through the grating at the bottom and routed to the outlet pipe.
- Pedestal pumps: These are long posts, topped by the pump itself. The pumping device is kept above the waterline by the pedestal. When water fills the sump pit, it is drawn out by the inlet pipe, which extends down into the tank. This is generally a less expensive solution, although the noise from the motor and pump is typically more noticeable since these are outside the water.
The primary benefits of a basement or crawl space pump include:
- Managing the natural flow of water: Gravity draws water naturally to the lowest point of a structure. Whether the flow is from the surrounding terrain or within your house, the pump will remove the excess once it reaches a certain level.
- Eliminating the need for mold remediation: Once dampness, a leak, or spill take hold, it only takes about 24 to 48 hours for mold to become a problem. By keeping the water out, mold and mildew problems can be prevented.
- Cleaner interior air: Mold and mildew can create serious indoor air quality problems. Sump pumping systems eliminate the moisture source, thereby preventing the allergies and respiratory conditions that can occur due to extreme or prolonged exposure.
- Continuous protection: You don’t even have to be home for the pump to work. Since it is triggered and turned off automatically, water levels will be managed even when you’re sleeping, at work, or on vacation.
- Flood prevention: Sump pumps provide continuous protection against floods. It can cost as much as $10,000, maybe more, to clean up and repair a flood-damaged basement. Installing a sump pump generally costs much less than that.
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If you are interested in water damage restoration, Restoration Doctor is here for you. We have many solutions involving a sump pump. Call us today for more information, Miami.