Sump Pump 101
Sump pumps are not something people see, or even think about, every day. If you live in a relatively dry climate, in a house with no basement, you may not have one, or even need one. But, if you live in a rainy area, where the water level is within a few feet of the ground surface, and have a basement, you should consider having one installed.
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a water pump, located in a well, or sump, just below the lowest level of your basement. As ground water rises near the level of your basement floor, it first seeps into the sump structure below the floor. A float on the pump detects the water rising in the sump, and turns on the sump pump, which in turn pumps the water up and out of the house and into a local drainage system. It is important to make sure the pumped out water is dispersed well away from the foundation, so it does not simply run down the foundation wall, and back into your sump.
Why Have a Sump Pump?
If you don't have a sump pump installed in your basement, or crawl space, a high level of ground water may begin to seep through the floor or foundation walls, causing a musty smell, or worse, standing water. This could result in toxic mold to form, and as a result, an expensive abatement situation. If the situation gets this far, it has become smelly, dirty, and dangerous, and past the point of a do-it-yourself job. While now is the time to install a proper sump pump, it should have been done a long time ago.
Professional Sump Pump Services
If you live in any area that has a wet, or rainy season, you probably have a sump pump, or you're hopefully thinking of having one installed. Now is the time to begin selecting the service company that will keep your sump pump working properly, and your basement dry.
Annual service checks will ensure that the sump pump is in working order, and will give you peace of mind through stormy nights.
Hindsight is always 20/20. Don't wait until it's too late to protect your home! To install, service, or repair a sump pump in your Oak Park home, call the experts of Captain Rooter Plumbing at (773) 840-7800.