Do I Need a Sump Pump?

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Our last blog was dedicated to the topic “What is a Sump Pump“. Armed with that knowledge, we’re now going to try to help you decide if your home needs a sump pump.

A sump pump takes on the task of keeping the space under our house dry. That is not always easy, depending on the amount of heavy rain and fast snow melt off our area receives at any given time. If you are living in an especially low lying area, your basement may be fighting off water seepage at a higher rate than you might expect.

Basement Moisture Test

Tape a 2 foot square piece of plastic in a couple places in your basement. In 2-3 days check under the plastic. If the plastic is wet, then you have confirmed that moisture is entering your basement, and may be causing mold and mildew to grow. That is not something you want to be happening under your family’s feet.

Do some detective work and check to see if the gutters and drain spouts are directing the water away from your house at least 6 feet. This is often times the reason for the excess moisture and should at the top of your spring chores. It is not helping your basement if that water is being directed back around your foundation.

In a couple weeks, try the plastic test again. If you still see the same amount of moisture, then it is time to give us a call and discuss a sump pump system. We can explain your options and what we believe will be best to serve your home’s needs.

Roto-Rooter continues to be the #1 name in plumbing. If you need help with a sump pump service or installation, check out our money saving coupons and then give us a call.

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