Some days, it seems as if the rain in Pittsburgh is never-ending. When it rains it pours, and unfortunately, that can mean flooding in your basement or garage. A sump pump might be the solution you’ve been looking for! Sump pumps are designed to remove water build-up from basements and crawlspaces. They safely deposit it through the “waste-water” system of your home. Sump pumps have a number of benefits and could provide your home with extra protection during these stormy Pittsburgh days – think of it like additional flood insurance!

What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a small pump that is installed in a pit (sump) in your basement or other underground space. As we mentioned above, its purpose is to prevent flooding and keep that area and your home dry. It doesn’t dry out your basement; rather, it directs excess water to a nearby storm drain.

The Benefits of a Sump Pump

Prevents Flooding Damage

Sump pumps will help prevent flooding damage from gradual water build-up. But they really shine when dealing with large-scale flooding. Heavy rains can push excess water into your basement, causing extreme amounts of damage. Once a sump pump fills with a certain level of water it’s emptied automatically. Most sumps pumps use a float activator (the same technology used in your toilet tank) or a pressure sensor. Flood prevention is the main reason most folks install a sump pump.

Reduces the Threat of Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew thrive in damp spaces. Sump pumps help keep those spaces dry. This helps to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Without a sump pump, rainwater and flooding can increase the amounts of moisture in the lowest levels of your home. These growths don’t just cause unpleasant odors, rather they can also put your health at risk. Installing a sump pump will help keep your basement dry and will keep mold and mildew from growing out of control.

Reducing the Risk of Electrical Fire

Not many people associate electrical fires with floods. But that’s exactly what can happen when there’s too much rainwater collecting in your basement. Flooding is a key cause of electrical fires. That’s because water will short-circuit the appliance stored there such as laundry machines, water heaters, electrical wiring, and heating systems. Not only can that ruin your valuable appliances, but fire is the last thing you’ll want to deal with when already dealing with flood damage.

Proudfoot Plumbing, Heating, and Air

A sump pump is a great addition to your home protection system. If you have any questions about the benefits of a sump pump, or if you’d like other water control advice, you can always call on Proudfoot Plumbing, Heating, and Air. Call us at 1-412-461-2198 or contact us here!

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