What is a sump pump and why are they important?
A sump pump is something that many people don’t learn about it until they become a homeowner. It’s an important part of the home, but maybe not the most glamorous of your home’s features.
This is a device that keeps your basement from flooding, and is installed in the lowest part of your home, usually in your basement or crawl space, in a sump pit.
The device sits waiting for water to activate. When it rains heavily and excess groundwater comes in through the sump pit, the sump pump diverts the water out into a nearby storm drain or detention pond. This keeps you from having to deal with the messy clean-up from a flooded basement and helps you save money on insurance.
Do I really NEED a sump pump installed?
Not every single home needs one of these flood-fighting tools. But if you fit one of these cases, you should look into getting a sump pump:
- Your basement is finished.
- Your home is built in an area that is prone to flooding.
- You live in a climate where heavy snow or rain happens.
- You’ve had a flooded basement before.
What if I lose power?
In Indiana, this is a legitimate concern. Because many of our storms in the summer come with more than just rain, you want to make sure your home is protected from flooding if your power goes out. Consider getting a battery backup sump pump installed so your space is safe even in the worst weather conditions.