What a Homeowner Needs to Know about Sump Pumps and Basements
Basements are notorious for water damage and the cause of many headaches for lots of homeowners….But with a little “Know How” the average homeowner can maintain and protect their basement from substantial water damage.
Bottom Line Up Front – A Sump Pump is the most important piece of equipment in the modern day Basement.
The Sump Pump is what relieves the water pressure from the foundation walls when it rains, so they Do Not Leak. If the Sump Pump Fails, the water has no where to go except into the Basement…. Many professional plumbers recommend changing a sump pump every 3 to 5 years.
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How Long Does a Sump Pump Last?
The sump pump can last longer that 3 to 5 years, but is it worth the risk? By paying for some preventative maintenance, you can save yourself the time and hassle of a Flooded Basement and Water Damage Insurance Claim.
We spend a lot of time in flooded basements and there are many of them that could have been prevented by changing the sump pump by a professional plumber.
Failed Sump Pumps Cause Basements to Flood
Flooded basements are a very common type of water damage homeowners experience. Most flooded basements are caused by sump pump back up or failure.
A sump pump will back up if it trying to run past its lifespan (3 to 5 years) or if the power is off due to extreme storms. A lot of homeowners will have a battery back up system in case of a power outage.
In our opinion these systems aren’t the best investment because a lot times when you really need them they either are not able to pump out the volume of water or the battery is not good after a few years and cannot power the secondary pump for very long after the power goes out.