It is part of the popular conception of sump pumps that the main purpose they serve is to pump water that floods down into the basement. So if you live in a home that doesn’t contain a basement (and more and more modern homes don’t) you may think that it’s unnecessary to have a sump pump installed.
While it is true that sump pumps excel at protecting basements from flooding, they are also helpful for any home that might deal with excess moisture. You want to keep water away from damaging the foundations of your home, so even if you don’t have a basement, a sump pump down in the crawlspace or the lowest rooms of your home can be incredibly helpful.
When You Should Have a Sump Pump
If you live in a home which is prone to flooding during extreme weather, then you absolutely need to have a sump pump installed. A professional will help you determine the best location to place it so that it will do the most good.
However, even a home that isn’t in an area that often experiences flooding problems or has a high water table will benefit from the protection of a sump pump. Plumbing accidents, such as broken pipes, can lead to water rushing down into the crawlspace and foundation of a home, and you’ll want to have this water removed as fast as possible. A sump pump will automatically take care of the job.
If you have a sump pump for emergencies that rarely needs to run, make sure that you check it once a year to see if it’s running. If the pump does work on a regular basis, it’s vital that you arrange for regular maintenance for it from professionals: you don’t want it to stop working just when you need it the most.
Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration offers services for sump pumps in Arlington, VA.