Rockwell, TX is no stranger to extreme weather. The area receives about 40 inches of rain per year. When the rain arrives as downpours, the soil may not be able to deal with the deluge. If that water gets into your home, it can wreak havoc on the foundation, sub-flooring and flooring, walls and mechanical systems. A sump pump is your first line of defense against water intrusion into your home’s lowest level. Let’s take a look at five reasons why your home in Rockwell needs a sump pump installed by Sunrise Plumbing.
1. Prevent a Flood in Your Basement
When rain falls at a rate of more than one inch per hour, most types of soil can’t absorb it. Your home’s roof and gutters may also have a tough time collecting all the runoff and channeling it away from your home. All of that water has to go somewhere, and that somewhere is often around the foundation. Installing a sump pump could help prevent a flood in your basement.
Even if your home is built on a hill or your property has a steep grade directing water away from the foundation, an overflow of your gutters or a blockage in the downspouts could cause a basement flood. A broken water or sewer pipe could also flood your basement. With a sump pump in place, the water won’t have a chance to soak in and cause structural problems, rotting or other serious issues.
Sump pumps offer an average lifespan of 10 years. They’re always ready to pump water. An emergency, such as a flash flood, can happen any time and with little warning. With a sump pump installed in your basement, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your home is protected.
2. Reduce the Risk of Mold and Mildew Growth
Too much humidity or lingering moisture around your home’s foundation and basement may lead to mold and mildew growth. Many people are allergic to mold and mildew. These organisms also trigger asthma attacks and can worsen the symptoms of people with other breathing disorders. Even if nobody in your household has a breathing disorder, exposure to mold and mildew may cause you to feel uncomfortable or to develop a flu-like illness.
Some types of mold that infiltrate homes are toxic. Once established, a mold colony is difficult to remove. A home with an extensive mold infestation may have to be stripped to the studs. Installing a sump pump could help prevent the hassle and heartbreak of a home that makes you sick.
Sump pumps remove moisture from the lowest level of your home. This is where most moisture enters your living space, and removing it at its source is the most effective method. By helping to control your home’s moisture level, the sump pump eliminates the conditions that mold and mildew need for growth.
3. Stop Water From Pooling By Your Home’s Foundation
When water pools by your home’s foundation, it starts to erode the concrete and rebar. The pressure from pooling water can lead to serious structural issues that are costly to repair. One common type of problem from pooling water is a stair-step crack. This type of crack causes the blocks of the foundation to separate. Pooling water may also cause a foundation wall to bow. This movement of the foundation puts the entire home at risk of collapse.
Pooling water also leads to saturated soil. Some types of soil, such as clay, expand when they are saturated. The expansion of the soil also exerts a lot of pressure on foundations. Foundation walls can shift out of place from saturated soil. Sump pumps and French drains work together by channeling the water away from your home’s foundation before it has a chance to pool and cause damage. We also offer drain and sewer repair and installation, which also helps protect your home from floods and sewage backups.
4. Lower Humidity in Your Basement or Crawlspace
When you think of humid places in your home, you might think of the bathroom after a shower or the kitchen when you’re boiling water. However, the basement is usually the most humid area of a home. Its consistently high humidity level is a boon for insects and vermin, which thrive on the moisture. With a sump pump installed in your basement, this space will have a lower humidity level.
Modern sump pumps feature a tight cover for the pit. This means the water can’t evaporate into humidity. As soon as the water level in the pit reaches the float, the pump engages and pushes the water out.
If your home has a finished basement, keeping the humidity level between 30% and 50% will enhance your comfort. Your skin won’t feel clammy or sticky, and you’ll feel more comfortable at a moderate temperature. You may also be able to breathe easier when spending time in the basement after installing a sump pump. Even if you only spend a few hours in your basement each week, keeping the humidity in the 30% to 50% range makes your time there more enjoyable.
5. Protect Your Belongings From Water Damage
When water seeps or gushes into your basement, you might not realize it right away. It doesn’t take long for even an inch of water to destroy your belongings. Anything stored in a cardboard box could be ruined from standing water in your basement. Our technicians can also install a battery backup on your new sump pump. In the event of a power outage, the battery keeps the sump pump running for up to 24 hours. If a severe weather event knocks out your power for a day, you won’t have to worry about your basement flooding and ruining your belongings.
Older homes weren’t built for basements to be part of the living space. If you live in an older home, it may have more seepage and cause more damage to anything stored in the basement. Even a tiny bit of water could ruin photographs, documents and fragile fabric.
Many people use their basement as a sort of pantry. If you keep foodstuffs in your basement, exposure to flood water or sewage will render it unsafe for consumption. Health and beauty items stored in your basement may also need to be thrown away if they are exposed to groundwater or floodwater.
If your basement contains appliances, such as your water heater, washing machine, clothes dryer or electric furnace, these systems could also be damaged by standing water. Any exposure to flooding could render these appliances inoperable, and replacing them is costly. A small investment in a sump pump protects your home’s key systems.
We provide sump pump installations to protect your home and belongings and to give you peace of mind. Our on-time arrival, upfront pricing and attention to detail make us the right choice for sump pump installations. If you’re not in need of a new sump pump today, we also offer drain and sewer cleaning and repair. For more information or to get an estimate on sump pump installation, reach out to us at Sunrise Plumbing today.