Sump Pumps Keep Your Basement Dry

illustration of sump pumpThere’s not much that can make a bigger mess in such a short amount of time as flood water in your basement. Whether from a nearby creek that has overrun its banks, a backed-up sewer line, or leaky water heater, water is your basement can do significant damage in a matter of minutes. That’s why it’s important for homeowners to take any available measures to prevent basement flooding. Having a working sump pump is one of the best ways to ensure that your basement stays dry and you avoid the need for flooded basement clean-up.

What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a small pump that is installed in a specially constructed sump pit in a basement or crawlspace. It is designed to collect water that flows to it from drains or the soil around the home. The sump pump then pumps that water away from the home in order to keep the basement or crawlspace dry.

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

A sump pump does not run all the time. In fact, for most homeowners, the sump pump is typically quiet. However, when the sump pit fills with water, the sump pump will automatically turn on and begin pumping water through a pipe to an area far enough away from the home to prevent re-entry into the home.

What Happens Without a Sump Pump?

It’s easy to see that without a functioning sump pump, flooding can quickly occur. It’s also important to consider how loss of electricity can affect your sump pump. An electric sump pump will not function without electricity, which can easily happen during a thunderstorm or winter storm (which are two times when the sump pump is most needed.) Smart homeowners make sure to get a sump pump with battery-powered or generator-powered back-up capability.

Having a functioning sump pump can help you prevent basement flooding, and that is definitely the ideal. However, as with all the best laid plans, sump pumps can malfunction or just fail to keep up with extensive water inflow. When that happens, Moore Restoration offers all the water remediation services required for flooded basement clean-up. We are a full-service restoration company helping Central Indiana area residents to restore, re-build, and recover following a water disaster.