Prevention of Water Damage
An Option for Water in Your Basement
Living in geographic areas where there are basements means always acknowledging the possibility that you may be prone to a wet basement. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, more than 60% of homes have issues with water in their basement. Suffice it to say; you are not alone.
Water removal in Colorado Springs can be stressful when a water event strikes. However, with SERVPRO at your disposal, our water removal specialists can help you get back into your home anytime you have a water event. However, rather than focusing on response, let’s talk a little about prevention.
Sump Pumps: How They Are Used
Sump pumps can be an extremely effective option for preventing water damage and negating the need for water removal. If you are one of the 60% of homes who have water issues in your basement, this is a great investment to make into your home.
The installation of sump pumps occurs in the basement of a home. Installed inside of a pit in your basement, these units can sense the rise of water in the pit. Once it senses that water is approaching floor level, the incoming water is siphoned off and pumped outside of your home before it can leak inside and damage your structure, furniture, and flooring. The pump does all of the work so that you do not have to.
The great thing about sump pumps is that they are pretty low maintenance devices. To keep yours in great shape, take three or four times a year to check the inlet screen to make sure that it is not clogged with debris. Check the pit as well and make sure mud and small pebbles or stones are removed too. Outdoors, you should check to see what water is being pumped away from your home and where it is flowing (ideally, well away from your home).
The float component is a crucial part of the sump pump. The sump pump float component detects the water level, and when it rises, it begins the process of pumping water away from your basement and home. This part must work correctly. Lastly, check the discharge line itself to ensure that it has not stopped up.
The best thing you can do to maintain your sump pump is once a year, disconnect the pump from its power source (safely), and remove the unit itself. Flush the unit with water in order to get rid of debris, contaminants, and anything else that it has kept away from your home that year. Clean the pit as well, once you have removed the pump. Reinstall the pump, reconnect the power source, and make sure the unit starts up by pouring a bucket of water into the pit.
That is it! This will make sure your sump pump is in excellent condition to take on the new year. Having a sump pump in your basement is a long-term precaution against flooding that can make it unnecessary to have to resort to clean up after every heavy thunderstorm.
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Preventative measures can cost you less headache, heartache, and money in the long run. However, if you have experienced an emergency and are in need of water removal, call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789. Our Emergency Service lines are available to take your call 24/7.