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Importance of a Sump Pump

May 19, 2020

When it rains, it pours. Make sure you have a working sump pump in your basement or crawl space so you don't get unwanted water. See below to better understand what a sump pump is and why it is so important.

What is a sump pump?

  • A sump pump is a small pump installed in a pit in the lowest part of your basement or crawl space.

  • Its job is to prevent flooding by keeping the area beneath the building dry.

How does it work?

  • A sump pump moves water from your basement out of your house.

  • It has parts that help it know when there is water in it and when it's time to turn on.

  • Once it turns on, it starts discharging water through pipes that are connected to a drainage system. 

Do you have a battery backup sump pump?

  • It is important that you have a battery backup sump pump because if the power goes out during a storm then your sump pump will stop working.

  • When the power goes out so does the sump pump unless you have a battery backup for it which is a little device that turns the sump pump on when the water reaches a certain level.

What happens when you don't have a sump pump or one that isn't working?

  • Your basement will flood when there is a storm with heavy rain.

  • This leads to all of your stuff getting damaged as well as the walls.

  • You will then probably have to turn in a claim and your rates might go up when your policy renews.

Avoid the hassle of water in your basement. Get a sump pump and a battery backup for it to ensure the safety of all of your valuable stuff in the basement. By investing in a sump pump, you will also most likely avoid having to turn in a claim and because of that, you will be getting the best rates on your home insurance.

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