A sump pump is often an unsung hero in home maintenance, quietly working away in your basement or crawl space to keep your home dry and safe. However, like any other household appliance, sump pumps can fail—and when they do, the results can be disastrous. In this blog, we will explore the signs that indicate your sump pump may be failing, the risks associated with sump pump failure, and best practices to avoid these problems in the first place.
Some parts of your home do their job without you even realizing it; a sump pump is one of those things. It’s surprisingly common for many home owners to know very little about their pumps unless it’s not working correctly. Because of this, some new homeowners may ask “why do you need a sump pump at all?” Read on to discover the risks of foregoing this crucial part of protecting your home.
Whether it is heavy rains, spring thawing after deep winter snow, or even a plumbing fiasco, too much water can put you in the position of incurring flooded basement cleanup costs. Knowing that it is likely you will have to deal with excess water in your basement at some point is a good reason to invest in waterproofing your foundation.
What you may not know is that the humble sump pump can also be a versatile workhorse. It can be used for a variety of around-the-house projects that involve draining or pumping, as long as the water is relatively clean. Sump pumps are relatively inexpensive, and it’s always a good idea to have a second one as a backup. We found 6 surprising alternative uses for that backup sump pump that can make difficult jobs surprisingly easy.
#1 Draining the Hot Water Tank