Prevent Snow Damage With A Sump Pump

If your area is experiencing a lot of snow, you should prepare your basement for when it melts. Melting snow can cause as much damage as rain if your basement is not ready for it. To keep this from happening, you should install a sump pump in your basement.

Sump Pump

A sump pump is typically installed in a basement, and is buried under the ground so it is not seen. This device has a detection system that will detect water when it starts getting high enough to flood your basement.

There is a pipe installed on the sump pump. When the water level rises, it goes through this pipe and outside of your home. Two different types of sump pumps found in homes are:

  • Pedestal Sump Pump: This type of sump pump is the most common type. It is installed in a pit and has a small pedestal with a motor mounted on it. A pipe is attached to the motor that goes to the bottom of the pit. When the water level rises, it activates the pedestal to turn the motor on.
  • Submersible Sump Pump: With this type of pump, the contractor digs a small deep pit, and sets the submersible pump in it.  The pump features a float switch, and a plastic bubble with a short rod on it. When the water level starts to rise, so does the bubble, which activates the switch. The difference in this sump pump is that it is submerged when the water rises.

Sump Pump Alarm

When you choose a sump pump, you should make sure it has an alarm on it. The alarm sounds when the water reaches a certain level, and if the pump is not working. This gives you time to call a contractor to repair the problem before you start seeing water on your basement floor. With many alarm systems, you can set it up so it alerts you on your smartphone if it is not working.

Battery Backup

It is common for the power to go out when you have strong rainstorms or snow. If this happens, your sump pump will not work. For this reason, you should purchase a battery backup. This battery is connected to your sump pump so it will continue working when you have no power.

When you are ready to purchase a sump pump, call a contractor. They can tell you about the different types, and help you make the right decision on what is best for your home. If you already have water damage, contact a restoration company like All American Repair Services Inc.