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Sump Pumps and How They Help After a Flood

According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, over 60 percent of basements within American homes suffer from water seepage. Water damage not only causes a financial loss, but also can deter your health due to mold and mildew growth.

Installing a sump pump can prevent belowground wetness, and should be replaced quickly if it stops working.

How does a sump pump actually work?

A sump pump is positioned in the lowest level floor space in the basement, in a hole nearly 18 inches deep and 2 feet wide. When the designated area senses any water activity, the pump immediately turns on. This is due to the pressure exuded from the water onto the float activator alarm. The water is then transmitted out of your home to a safe drainage sight. A check valve is situated at the end of the pump to prevent the water from re-entering.

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How are they powered?

The convenient thing about sump pumps is they don’t require any complicated electrical wiring or programing. The only necessary equipment is an outlet. To ensure complete safety while the device is in use, a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is necessary. This addition will prevent electrocution. 

What are common causes of a wet basement?

There are different causes to water arousing within a basement, but the most common include humidity, rain and subsurface seepage. If you’re unsure of the direct cause, consider whether or not it’s reoccurring. Contacting a professional to inspect the space is highly encouraged. The longer water sits around, the more damage will occur.

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If you’re in need of water damage rescue, Rainbow International professionals offer a variety of services, as well as immediate emergency patrol! Call us today if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.