Sump Pump 101
A Sump Pump Could Save Your Home
A sump pump can be the difference between a flooded house and a perfectly dry one. Often found in the basement, a sump pump is a device that lowers rising water levels to prevent flooding. As the water level rises beneath a house, the water table can overtake the foundation of the house, especially in a basement that is below ground level. As this water rises, the pump (often dug into the ground in what looks like a small hole) sends water away from the house, either via a drain system or into the sewer systems.
Benefits of a Sump Pump
A sump pump is beneficial for many reasons. As stated above, it can help reduce, eliminate, or prevent flooding. In itself, this is extremely important for preserving the foundation in a home, saving a basement, protecting all of the items in a basement, which can often include a furnace or water heater, and reducing insurance liability. A flooded house is no fun for anybody, and submitting an insurance claim for a destroyed basement or the possessions in it is a major hassle.
Do You Need a Sump Pump in Your Home?
Depending on the location of a person's house, whether they are in a flood zone, the height of the foundation (or basement) versus the water table, and other factors, having a sump pump can be extremely beneficial.
Flooding can be especially dangerous if it goes undetected. It is difficult to determine how rainfall will affect a person's house or other building. Having a sump pump can reduce the risk of flooding, saving you thousands in repairs should a flood occur.
Hindsight is always 20/20. Don't wait until it's too late to protect your home! To install, service, or repair a sump pump in your Berkeley home, call the experts of Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904.