Low lying houses or those homes in areas where there's bodies of water nearby are prone to flooding. It could be dangerous when water gets into low lying portions of the house like the basement or cellar as there are risks of electric shock present. Other than that, presence of water in houses that are made of wood can cause the materials to weaken and rot. Flooding basements can also be a repository for disease causing organisms. Thankfully, there is a way for you to take out these risks associated with flooding. Enter the sump pump.
Sump pumps are a common installation in modern homes. They are generally installed in basements and cellars to aid the quick flushing of water through a sump hole. Sump holes are places where water that goes to the basement or cellar seeps to get out of the house. But sometimes, the rate of water entering the basement is quicker than the rate of the water getting out. The pumps are installed to quicken the rate of outgoing water, thus preventing floods. Most pumps are installed to pump water to a direction where they won't be causing damage. In some localities where flooding is a normal occurrence, they are installed in such a way that they drive water towards rain drains or wells.
There are many kinds of sump pumps in the market today, and what you choose depends on your preference, needs and budget. They are usually classified according to their capacity. For homes that have relatively low rates of flooding, a pump with a small motor will already do, while homes that have high rates of food, big sump pumps are ideal. Water will accumulate very quickly if floods have high rates and so your sump pump need to have a capacity large enough to match or even exceed this rate by even a little.
Sump pumps come with different accessories and add-ons that you might need. A common accessory sold with them are sump pump alarms. These alarms are triggered by a sensor that is placed above the drainage. It sounds an alarm once the water level reaches the sensor which is placed in a height that is considered critical. Others include cleaning and maintenance kits to help you repair and clean your pump to ensure that it performs well. Such useful accessories can be bought either separately or it comes built-in with the pump.