What is a Sump Pump and Why Should I Consider One?

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If you feel that your home is not at risk of flooding, think again. A flood can happen anywhere and at any time, and, as it turns out, is the most common natural disaster in the country. And when you're unprepared for a flood to hit your home, you may end up with hundreds or thousands of dollars in damages. One of the best ways to avoid the type of structural damage that may result from a major flood is by installing a sump pump.

What Is It?

A sump pump is a device which is generally installed in the lowest area of a basement. A hole is dug into the ground and the pump is placed inside. This unit has a motor and an impeller to force water out of the hole and to an outside drain. You may choose from a pedestal pump, which perches above the sump, and a submersible pump which is encased in a waterproof container. Which one is best for you will depend on a few different factors, and it’s best to work with a contractor to help you make the choice.

Do I Need a Sump Pump?

Anyone who owns a home can benefit from a sump pump. While some areas are more prone to flooding than others, you should always keep in mind that a flood is often unexpected and that little can be done to reverse the damage without spending a lot more than the cost of a sump pump. Sump pumps discharge water quickly to keep your home safe from harm. If a flood were to hit your home, it could end up costing you quite a bit. In many cases, the water damage is so destructive, you’ll have to make some major renovations. You may end up with a mold problem, or you could end up replacing your furniture or your valuables. Call Air Mechanical, Inc. for more information about sump pumps or to schedule professional installation for your new unit in Ham Lake.

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