4 Reasons Why Homeowners Install Sump Pumps

If you’ve never dealt with water or mold in your basement, you’re probably wondering whether or not it’s truly worth it to install a sump pump in your home. After all, if your basement never floods, it will only be a wasted investment, right? Wrong!

Here are 4 reasons why homeowners commonly choose to install sump pumps in their homes.

1. Protection Against Extensive Water Damage

If water floods or seeps into your basement, a sump pump’s main job is to quickly redirect that water outside and away from your home. Sump pumps are equipped with sensors that allow them to kick into action as soon as they detect rising water levels. Without a sump pump, it can take two to three days just to clear out a couple of inches of water manually, and during that time, that dirty water has ample opportunity to soak into your floors, walls, and furniture.

2. Mold and Mildew Prevention

Aside from damaging your home, water that is not cleared out from your basement in time can provide ideal growing conditions for mold and mildew. Aside from worsening your home’s indoor air quality, certain types of mold can even cause permanent damage to wood if not treated in time. Owning a sump pump allows you to remove water quickly that might otherwise lead to mold and mildew growth.

3. More Stable Soil and Home Foundation

A sump pump helps protect your home’s foundation by preventing the soil around it from absorbing excess water and becoming oversaturated. Soil soaking with excess water provides unstable ground for your home’s foundation. Oversaturated soil poses an especially large threat to your home’s foundation during winter when the soil will freeze, expand against your home’s foundation, and cause the concrete to crack or buckle.

4. Increased Market Value

Even if you never end up needing your home’s sump pump, just the fact that your home has one will increase its value. Homes with sump pumps also often sell faster than homes without them. Knowing that a home comes equipped with this plumbing safeguard helps alleviate concerns of potential buyers in regions with a high water table or areas that are prone to heavy rain and flooding.

Both basements and crawlspaces can benefit from sump pumps. To find out what type of sump pump would best meet your home’s needs, contact Morrison Plumbing, Heating, and Air online or give us a call at (618) 352-5599.