Typically found in the basement of homes a sump pump is used to remove water which accumulates in a sump basin. A sump or a sump basin generally refers to the lowest point in the basement where water would naturally flow. Many homes in the North of Boston area were constructed with a sump basin built in.
The two types of sump pump are pedestal and submersible. A pedestal pump would be mounted above the sump basin allowing for easier servicing. A submersible pump is less conspicuous as it’s mounted inside the basin. Submersibles are sealed to prevent electrical short circuits. You can expect a pedestal pump to last about 25 to 30 years while submersible pumps may only last 10 to 15 years. In either case proper installation along with maintenance to keep the pump free of debris will aid in longevity.
Homes in Eastern Massachusetts are prone to flooding. Even homes that have never had a damp basement may experience flooding due to modifications made on the building, changes made on nearby property, or a number of other more mysterious reasons. A sump pump is a homeowner’s best defense against the nightmare a flooded basement often becomes.
Aside from the structural damage that will happen once moisture has been introduced to building materials there are proven health risks associated with moisture in homes. Moisture breeds bacteria. A moist environment is well suited to pests, allergens, dust mites, and mold. Consequently homes that have been infiltrated by water or moisture can cause respiratory illness as well as a host of other medical conditions.
A small leak is all it takes to grow mold or bacteria. Growth can begin in as little as 24-48 hours. You may not even notice it until the intrusion has reached the point where no amount of anti-bacterial cleaning products will be able to solve the problem.
If you have experienced water in your basement you should definitely install a sump pump. Water infiltration is usually weather related so if you live in a low lying area installing a sump pump would give you some peace of mind. FEMA now has an Official Flood Map Service Center where you can enter your address or any other coordinates to find out about your neighborhood flood plain.
In our experience all of the communities we serve have, at one time or another, had basement flooding problems that could have been averted. We serve residents of both Middlesex and Essex County. While residents of Danvers, Lynnfield, or Andover, for example, may have more concern than residents of cities and towns at higher elevations we’ve seen enough instances of basement flooding in the highland communities of Melrose, Winchester, and Wakefield to know that it’s not a predictable event.
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We serve residential and commercial property owners North of Boston including these cities and towns:
If you’re looking to install a new sump pump to divert that troublesome water, or if you’re experiencing problems with an existing sump pump, let the sump pump experts at Absolute Precision Plumbing, Heating & Cooling help!
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• Maintenance and repairs of your existing sump pump
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Don’t risk your home to flooding and mold growth from damp conditions – especially considering that homeowner’s insurance will not cover many basement flooding incidents. Let the professionals at Absolute Precision install or repair your sump pump today!
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