Water often seeps into basements through cracks in walls or windows when it rains or when snow melts. While the problem is common, it’s important to address it promptly to avoid more serious issues like mold, mildew, rot, infestation, and poor indoor air quality. Installing a sump pump can make your home a much more pleasant and safer place to live, and it will give you peace of mind to know your home is protected during the summer’s most violent storms.
Even if you already have a sump pump, it’s likely time to replace it if it’s more than five years old, has broken down, was installed improperly, or is the wrong size for you home.
When buying a sump pump, consider
- The best type of submersible sump pump: Choose from two types of primary sump pumps: pedestal and submersible.
- Size and power: Choose the correct horsepower for your home’s needs. If sized incorrectly, your pump can wear out and fail prematurely.
- Emergency backup: In case your primary pump loses electricity during a storm, you’ll need a battery-powered backup to run in its place.