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Protect Your Basement with Sump Pumps

Basement flooding is a serious problem that can occur during snow melts and heavy rainfall. A flooded basement can cause severe and costly damage to your home and its foundation, along with the inconvenience. The installation of a sump pump can protect your home. A sump pump is designed to remove water from the basement or crawlspace and safely transport it either into the sewer system or transport it through its own dedicated drain pipe to a safe distance from the home. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Katy can provide the professionally installed sump pump that your home requires.

Prevent Basement Flooding

Sump pumps will prevent the problems related to basements experiencing water build-up, and will prove their worth when flooding occurs related to heavy rainfall or other flooding conditions. Other steps a homeowner can take to prevent basement flooding include:

  • Install a backflow valve to storm and combined sewer systems
  • Keep gutters and downspouts free of debris to ensure drainage
  • Ensuring downspouts drain onto splash guards and that water is channeled away from the foundation
  • Maintaining a patent slope around the foundation to ensure drainage away from the foundation
  • Sealing a leaky basement
  • Call for a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Katy to provide plumbing repair of leaky pipes and/or taps in the basement, and around the foundation

Reduce the Threat of Mold and Mildew

Standing water and/or the frequent seepage of water into a basement can cause dampness and can lead to mold and mildew. This risk of damage to the home’s structure and its foundation also presents a risk of health related problems. The installation of a sump pump will prevent moisture buildup, damp basements and help to prevent health issues related to mold and mildew.

Protects Appliances and Goods in the Basement

If your basement is finished and furnished, or if a water heater, laundry equipment or the home’s heating system is located in the basement, a sump pump can protect them from damaging flooding.

Sump Pit

The sump pit, set into the basement floor, collects water. The pump pushes the water outside of your house through the discharge pipe keeping the inside of your basement dry.

Sump Pit and Pump Maintenance

Clean the pit and pump screen every few months, and especially before the rainy season begins. Test the pump for proper operation by pouring adequate water into the pit initiating the pump to start. If it fails to start ensure it is plugged in and that a circuit breaker hasn’t tripped. If the pump still won’t start it’s time to call a plumber in Katy for sump pump repair.

Back-up Sump Pump

Battery backup sump pump will provide back-up protection for the basement. There are many things that can go wrong to cause basement flooding – a power outage or a failed sump pump, for example. By using a battery backup sump pump, your basement will have continued protection. In addition, should flooding become so severe that the primary sump pumps is overwhelmed, the backup can provide assistance.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing provides licensed plumbers for Katy, Houston, Sugar Land and the surrounding areas. When you need sump pump installation and repair or other reliable plumbing services, give us a call. When you call for a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Katy, the plumber arrives with a truck fully stocked with the most frequently used plumbing parts and supplies for a faster repair. For dependable plumbing repair, installation and service you can count upon, trust your home to a Benjamin Franklin professional plumber in Katy. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.