Should I Install a Sump Pump in My Basement? Tips for Deciding on a Sump Pump

When water damage restoration and mitigation is required in a home, it’s often the basement that’s been hit first and hardest. As the lowest point in the house, the basement is a prime location for water damage from rising ground water, infiltration through basement walls during heavy rain and outdoor flooding and inundation from indoor sources like a broken water supply line. The need for extensive water damage restoration and mitigation can be reduced when a functional sump pump system is installed to provide a 24/7 safeguard against flooding. Here are some guidelines for selecting the right system:

  • A submersible pump, completely enclosed within the covered sump basin in the basement floor, is usually preferable to a pedestal pump that is mounted at floor level. Enclosed submersible basins keep debris out and moisture from infiltrating water in.
  • High-quality sump pumps are made of cast iron—not plastic. There’s a good reason for this. Iron effectively disperses heat from the pump into the water in the basin. A cooler pump has a longer service life.
  • Choose a pump with a no-screen intake design to minimize clogging. The impeller in the pump should be designed to discharge solid debris up to a half-inch diameter.
  • Look for a mechanically-actuated float switch, not a switch that responds to water pressure. Make sure the float is fabricated of solid material that won’t become waterlogged over time.
  • Install a backup pump. Severe weather conditions that cause flooding often trigger power failures, as well, causing the pump to fail just when you need it most. A battery backup pump can run for up to two days on battery power if the grid goes down or the primary pump malfunctions.

Contact Rytech Inc. for more information about professional water damage restoration and mitigation.

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