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Preventing Basement Flooding by Inspecting Your Mechanical Systems

A sump pump like the one in this picture is part of your property's mechanical system that prevents basement flooding.Swimming in a pool is fun, having your belongings go for a swim in your basement is no fun.

As a homeowner, there are some things you can do to prevent basement flooding in your home or commercial property. Stopping up leaks, fixing cracks in your foundation, and making trench routes for water to travel around your home all help. The mechanical side can help protect your home as well. Having a functioning sump pump in your property’s basement will make all the difference in preventing a flood and clearing any water if it does come up.

This article is all about sump pumps and how this mechanical system can help stop basement flooding before it happens.

What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a mechanical system that will help prevent your home from getting a flood, especially in the basement. Typically, a sump pump includes a pit that goes below the regular surface of your basement’s floor level. This basin, or pit, is where your sump pump device will live. The sump pump monitors water levels and makes changes when necessary. 

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

A sump pump regulates the water in your basement. Inside of its basin, your sump pump’s valves will monitor water levels and water pressure. If water ever gets above a threshold, the sump pump kicks on. Once activated, your system will pump water out of your basement pit, through a discharge line, and away from your home. Your sump pump does run on electricity, so a power outage might take it out of commission temporarily. 

Make sure your sump pump continues doing its job with regular maintenance and annual checkups from the professionals.

Do You Need a Sump Pump in Your Home or Business?

Depends - do you live in an area that frequently gets flooding? If so, you will want a sump pump in your basement. Flooding can be a true natural disaster for your home or property that can threaten the health of your people and the destruction of your valuables. Mold loves to grow in moist areas, such as basements. This mold growth can lead to allergic reactions and respiratory problems. Don’t let this happen to your family or staff!

Have the Water Mitigation Experts Check Your Property

Sump pumps are great mechanical systems to help keep your basement dry, mold-free, and well-regulated. Make sure your sump pump functions properly by having it inspected and maintained at least once per year. The water mitigation experts at Jarvis Construction can assess your commercial buildings flood protection standard and make any necessary repairs or upgrades to keep your tenants or staff safe. Give us a call today to discuss your needs.

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