Preventing Flooding in Your Home
Flooding can damage your possessions, introduce mold and mildew to your home, attract pests, and damage the structure of your home. The lowest points in your home, particularly basements and cellars, are especially vulnerable to flooding, and when extreme weather hits, you could find that a lot of excess water is being left behind.
That’s where sump pumps come in. These devices are designed to prevent your cellar or basement from flooding all year long. With a functional sump pump, excess water is safely removed from your home before it can damage your property.
How Sump Pumps Work
Sump pumps are small devices installed within a specially dug pit at the lowest point of your home. When water begins to collect, they pump it outside of your home and away from your valuables. Sump pumps work automatically, so you don’t have to worry about making sure they’re turned on before a major storm.
There are two major types of sump pump – submerged sump pumps and pedestal sump pumps. Submerged models are hidden out of sight and make less noise, but pedestal units can be customized to begin pumping at a specific water level.
Getting Ready for Hurricane Season Means Having a Functional Sump Pump
Sump pumps are an essential part of any home that’s hoping to withstand a hurricane. You store a lot of valuables and possessions in your basement, and in the chaos of a hurricane, it’s easy to forget to safeguard them. Because sump pumps work automatically, they can take the stress of worrying about your basement or cellar off your hands. Plus, they make post-hurricane cleanup much easier.
Installing New Sump Pumps
If you don’t have a sump pump installed already, contact your local plumber right away. At Titanium Plumbing & Heating, we can help you find the right type of sump pump for your home and get it up and running in time for hurricane season. Call (201) 355-5582 to learn more!
Preparing Your Sump Pump for Hurricane Season
If you already have a sump pump, check to make sure that it’s ready to stand up to a hurricane. Use these simple maintenance tricks to evaluate the condition of your sump pump and prepare it to start moving water again:
- Pour a few gallons of water into the pit your sump pump is installed in to make sure it starts up and starts pumping
- Make sure no dirt or debris has settled around your sump pump
- Make sure your sump pump’s discharge pipe isn’t blocked or obstructed
If your sump pump isn’t working the way it should, get it repaired by the experts so you can feel safe and secure when the next storm arrives.