Ground water under the floor slab is a common issue in New England homes. It is caused by high water levels from ground water, snow melt, or a house being in a flood zone. Water infiltration is a very dangerous issue because it can flood basements causing house damage or even health related issues like mold development leading to respiratory complications. A sump pump system is a pump system, check valve, and pipe network used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin. The basin fills up with water and once the water levels get to a certain point, the float triggers the sump pump to eject the water out through a discharge pipe that is run outside and away from the foundation. There is a check valve installed to prevent water backflow.
Like all mechanical systems, they require periodic inspection and maintenance. If your home and/or your home’s sump pump is over ten years old, smart homeowners take a preventative approach and get them replaced. The smart play they are making is by taking proactive measures to ensure your basement never gets wet in the first place. Sadly, folks with a failed sump pump have had water in their basement for extended periods of time and that produces a host of health and costly clean up.
For more information about protecting your home and family via sump pump services, contact Radon Systems, LLC.