During the fall and winter, it’s common for many homeowners to experience flooding due to the increased precipitation and moisture from melting snow. Sump pumps are a great way to avoid costly flood damage and keep your basement dry all year long. Many homeowners ask us, “What is a sump pump, and why do I need one?” Here’s everything you need to know.

Sump pumps are submersible devices that are placed in the lowest point of your home in what is known as the sump pit. They only turn on when there is excess moisture in the ground due to rain, groundwater, or melting snow, while the rest of the time they sit on standby. When the sump pit begins to fill with water, a float attached to the pump will rise and activate the device. The water is then removed from the pit, and it drains to a designated storm drain, dry well, or detention pond. So, when people ask us, “What is a sump pump?” The simple answer is, it’s an affordable piece of flood insurance!

Now that we’ve gone over what a sump pump is, you’re probably wondering why you need one if you’ve gone this long without one. Well, there are many benefits, but we’ve compiled the most important ones below.

  • First line of defense against flood damage
  • Improved air quality because of the removal of excess moisture
  • Protect your foundation
  • Prevent mold, mildew, and fungus growth
  • Protect electrical appliances
  • Dry environments deter insects like termites
  • Meet home insurance requirements for flood damage coverage
  • Overall peace of mind

If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, or your property has poor drainage, you should consider installing a sump pump. Even if you haven’t personally experienced a flood, it may only be a matter of time before it affects you, and once it does, it may be too late.

Think it’s time to install a sump pump in your home? Fahrhall Plumbing can help!

The experts at Fahrhall Plumbing have been proudly serving the plumbing needs of the Windsor-Essex & Chatham-Kent regions since 1967. We provide our customers with experience they can count on and a reputation they can trust.

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