Coming home to a flooded home is most homeowner’s worst nightmare. Whether it was caused by a burst pipe or a heavy rainfall, water damage can quickly ruin your furniture, flooring, and even your house’s structure.
If your home sits in a rainy area and is at a greater risk of flooding, you may want to invest in a sump pump.
What is a Sump Pump?
Sump pumps are devices used to “pump” water out of your house and over to another area, like a storm drain or runoff. Though best placement will vary based on the size and type of home you have, they’re usually installed under the floor of your basement.
The above type of pump is known as a submersible sump pump. However, you can also get a pedestal pump, which is mounted on columns that protrude out of the sump basin.
Does Every Home Need a Sump Pump?
No. While a sump pump likely won’t hurt your resale value, they’re not universally needed. Sump pumps are best for homes that are in danger of flooding and get a lot of rainfall.
How Often Does a Sump Pump Run?
If you live in a floodplain, beside the beach, or somewhere with frequent hurricanes, your sump pump will likely run periodically as water begins to flow under your foundation and towards the pump. If you’re experiencing a flood or heavy rainfall, your pump will work harder.
My Sump Pump Runs All the Time. Is That Normal?
If you’re experiencing heavy rain or melting snow, your sump pump may run for hours at a time. But if it’s dry in your area and you notice the pump running, it might be due to one of the below problems:
- A frozen or clogged drain line
- A dirty sump pit
- A small or collapsed sump pit
- A seasonal subterranean spring you don't know about