When you think of all of the appliances and systems in your home that require regular maintenance and upkeep, your sump pump may be the last one to cross your mind. Particularly in the Grand Strand, recent flooding in 2015 and after Hurricane Matthew in 2016 may have highlighted just how important your sump pump really is.
Typically placed in the basement or below-ground spaces in your home, your sump pump senses rising water and pumps it out to prevent damage to those areas of your home and any appliances or stored items in the space. Here are a few more ways your sump pump protects your home and your bank account.
- Sump pumps also help to reduce damp conditions in your basement. Damp conditions can lead to the growth of dangerous mold that not only creates damage to your home but can also pose health risks to you and your family.
- In the event of a major plumbing leak or burst, your sump pump helps minimize the damage by removing water as quickly and efficiently as possible. Plumbing leaks and bursts can not only damage items near the leak, but also the structures of your home like drywall and even the foundation. By minimizing the damage, your sump pump saves you significant money in repair costs.
- Even minor issues can cause major damage over time. You may not live in a flood-prone area but moisture in more humid climates and water saturation in the soil around your home can cause your basement or below-ground space to take on small amounts of water over time that impacts the structural integrity of walls and foundations. Your sump pump helps prevent this less obvious damage.
A properly maintained and working sump pump is your best defense against all types of water damage that can impact the structure and stability of your home, risk your family’s health and drain your wallet.