Water Damage Prevention: Sump Pumps

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September 17, 2019
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If you live in an area that is prone to flooding or excessive moisture, a sump pump is a necessity for protecting your home from water damage.

A sump pump typically sits in a sump pit, which is found in the lowest part of your basement.

What does a sump pump do?

When water enters your home, either a pressure sensor or a float activation device triggers the pump to turn on. Once activated, the pump proceeds to pump the water away from your home's foundation to an area where it can drain the water out through a discharge pipe.

Sump pumps not only remove water from your home, but also prevent moisture levels from rising within your home, which can also cause damage over time.

How are sump pumps powered?

Sump pumps are powered by electricity with no extra wiring needed. Having a secondary battery operated sump pump or backup power source is a great idea if you live in an area that experiences a lot of heavy storms.

In the event that your primary pump stops working due to loss of power from severe weather, your secondary sump pump can take over to keep you and your belongings safe.