Sump Pumps: Allowing You to Look Forward to the Rainy Season

Home. A place where you can call your own, raise a family, and make memories in. As the biggest investment that most people will ever make, owning a house also comes with a long list of responsibilities, which often lead back to the fact that maintenance falls upon the homeowner’s shoulders. In the quest to properly maintain a house, there are a number of preventative measures that can be taken, such as installing a sump pump.

Depending on the location, there are certain weather conditions that can cause excess water outside to seep into the foundation of the home. This can accompany rainstorms and the melting of large quantities of snow. In order to protect the basement from housing all this water, a sump
pump is often installed, as its purpose is to transfer this water away from the area. Without a sump pump, the floor of the basement will most likely flood; damaging and staining anything the water comes in contact with. Below are possible scenarios where the installation of a sump pump may be a good fit for your house:

  • Your basement has flooded before
  • You live in a flat or low-lying area with soil that readily traps water
  • You live somewhere that experiences large quantities of rain or snow
  • You have a finished basement that contains costly items you want to protect against water damage and subsequent mold growth
  • You already have a sump pump but it is six or more years old (They usually last up to ten years)

How does a sump pump work exactly? The pump sits in a sump pit, which is usually installed at the lowest point of the basement. The water that drains into the pit triggers the sump pump via a float switch, thus removing the water by pumping it into a storm drain, retention pool, or dry well. As a common fixture in most homes at this point, a sump pump is a simple and small solution to what could lead to a big long-term problem.

According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, more than 60% of American homes suffer from below-ground wetness. If your situation aligns with any of the scenarios mentioned above and you don’t want to become part of another statistic, know that A.Y. McDonald’s got your back. Our pump product line includes multiple sump pump options that are supported by a great warranty and top of the line features. At the end of the day, making a house a home is task enough without the worry of a flooded basement!

For more information on A.Y. McDonald’s sump pump offerings, fill out a contact form on our website or call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-292-2737.