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All the Reasons You Need a Sump Pump in Your Home

September 4th, 2023 | 2 min read

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Sump pumps are a defensive line against flooding for your home, but it’s not just there to keep the belongings in your basement dry. A sump pump does far more than that, and many homeowners only get a sump pump after flooding to prevent it from happening again–this is why you should get sump pump installation now and be proactive about it.

Protects Your Home’s Foundation

Mother nature is stronger than your foundation. When the soil around your foundation fills with water, especially after heavy rainfall, it becomes heavy and expands around your foundation, causing pressure to build and leading to cracks in your foundation.

Sump pumps aren’t perfect, but they help reduce the moisture in the ground around your home by pumping it out and at least 10 feet away from the foundation. Depending on your specific area and if you’re prone to flooding, it may even pull water up to 20 feet away from your home if it’s set up to do so.

Lowers Basement Humidity Levels

Humidity is the enemy of just about everything in your home. Your baseboards, the paint on those finished basement walls, and even your indoor air quality. When there’s too much humidity in the air, it can lead to additional dust mites and fungi that float around.

While it’s good to have an indoor air quality system like an air purifier, it shouldn’t be viewed as a remedy–we should look to cut out the problem from the root instead. Lowering your basement’s air humidity with a sump pump simply leads to better air quality and lower associated health risks as a result.

Reduces Chance for Mold Growth

Mold grows best in humid environments, especially where it’s dark for most of the time. Even if you have a finished basement with a lot of lighting, mold can still lurk in the corners.

You don’t just have to worry about the humidity in the air. That’s called relative humidity, which needs to be below 60% for the best environment to deter mold growth. But you also have to think about the humidity in any wood you have in the basement as well.

While many different types of wood have their own humidity requirements, these usually fall somewhere between 5% and 20%. The point is, the humidity in your basement has to be a specific level, and a sump pump helps control the humidity to prevent mold growth and damage.

Protect Your Home With a Sump Pump Today

Your home stays dry, your foundation doesn’t incur unnecessary damage, and you keep your belongings dry and mold-free. Why wouldn’t you get a sump pump installed?

Let’s talk about installing your sump pump as soon as possible so you don’t have to worry about mother nature undoing all the hard work you put into your home. It’s not as big of an investment as you think it is.

Contact A&E Plumbing, Heating and Air today to schedule your sump pump installation as soon as possible.