What is a Sump Pump and Why Do I Need One?

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If you do not have a basement, cellar or crawl space in your Brooklyn home, you may never have heard of a sump pump. But for those who do, a sump pump can not only keep a home dry and safe, but it can also help maintain the integrity of the home’s very structure. But exactly what is a sump pump?

Sump pumps, when installed correctly, will remove the water that collects in your home and through a piping system move it up and out of your home safely. We have seen and heard about the recent floodings all over the country, and it is more important than ever to have a quality sump pump. It could save your home and your belongings in an emergency.

Now that we’ve asnwered the question: “What is a sump pump?” You are probably thinking: Do you need a sump pump?  You might, and the team at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning offers these answers to the most common questions to help you make a decision:

I suffer from allergies; do I need a sump pump?

Sump pumps can prevent basements from causing or exacerbating health problems like asthma and allergies by keeping the area dry and moisture-free. According to poison.org,  a moist environment also encourages mold growth and mold “is associated with some untoward health effects in humans, including allergies and infections.”

My basement only gets wet once in a while, do I need a sump pump?

If a basement or cellar has ever been wet, chances are it will happen again. With the volatile weather seen across the country, a sump pump should be a staple in your home. Not only will it keep your basement dry, a sump pump prevents water damage to your belongings, degradation to the structure of your home and reduces the risk of mold and mildew contamination.

My basement has never been wet, but it smells funny. Do I need a sump pump?

You may want to call a professional plumber, like Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning, in the Brooklyn area to come and inspect your basement first before purchasing a pump. There could be other reasons your basement has an unpleasant odor.

Also keep in mind there are many kinds of pumps, some for residential uses and some are more powerful for industrial uses. Installation should also be done by a professional, to make absolutely sure it’s going to do the job. Learn more about sump pumps on our website, or call Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning (718) 748-1254 to schedule an appointment today.

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