“April Showers” Hanging Around? Prevent Headaches with a Sump Pump
April Showers might have hit your Cincinnati home hard this spring, leading to excess water accumulating on your property and in your home. If you don’t already own a sump pump, consider installing one to reduce the risk of flooding and water damage to your home. Understand when a sump pump is necessary and the added benefit it brings to your home. Apollo Home wants you to know why it’s important to service your sump pump regularly.
What Does a Sump Pump Do?Sump pumps are perfect for homes with a history to flood due to leaks, heavy rains, or experience large amounts of rain or snow. Even homes in flat or low-lying areas can trap water consistently and can benefit from a sump pump. They remove any excess water in your basement to minimize damage to your home and prevent expensive repairs in the future. A sump pump offers peace of mind even when flooding isn’t a common occurrence in your home. Even during a power outage, a sump pump continues to work nonstop and doesn’t require you to replace any battery. It runs automatically through your water supply, acting as a backup in the event water accumulates in your basement. Regular maintenance on your sump pump will keep it operational year-round, reducing the chance it will malfunction in the future when you least expect it. Some models are Wi-Fi-enabled, providing you with helpful alerts in the event of a malfunction like a power loss.
Benefits of a Sump Pump in Your HomeIf you are on the fence about how useful a sump pump can be for your home, consider these 3 advantages of installing a unit:
- Flood Prevention: This is the most common and known advantage of installing a sump pump in your home. They assist with a steady build-up of water in a basement, but they also prevent flooding on a larger scale. Heavy rains trigger flooding, leading to 15 inches of flood water accumulating quickly. A sump pump deals with water gradually building up and also rushing flood waters, preventing a flood of any kind in your home.
- Reduces Mold and Mildew: Dampness in a basement, especially from stagnant water, provides a prime breeding ground for mold and mildew to take root in your home. Mold and mildew are damaging to your home and your health, which is why it’s important to keep them under control at all times. A sump pump keeps a basement dry, preventing mold or mildew from growing and spreading in your home.
- Reduces the Risk of Fire: Electrical fires are common in homes where flooding has occurred. As flood waters rise, they can short-circuit different appliances in your basement, such as heating systems, water heaters, and laundry machines. A sump pump lowers the chance of rising water coming into contact with equipment, which can trigger fires in your home.