A cutaway computer generated image of a sump pump.

There are several reasons why you might need a sump pump. If you live in an area with a high water table or if your home is located in a flood-prone area, a sump pump can help protect your basement from flooding. Additionally, if you have a finished basement or valuable items stored in your basement, a sump pump can prevent water damage and help keep your belongings safe.


What is a sump pump?

A sump pump is a device that helps prevent basement flooding by pumping out excess water that accumulates in a sump pit. A sump pit is a hole dug in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace that collects water that enters through the foundation or from natural groundwater.

Sump pumps come in two main types: pedestal and submersible. Pedestal sump pumps sit above the sump pit and have a long arm that extends down into the pit to pump out water. Submersible sump pumps are located inside the pit and are designed to operate while submerged in water.

When choosing a sump pump, it’s important to consider factors such as the size of your basement, the amount of water that enters your sump pit, and the horsepower of the pump. Additionally, it’s important to ensure that your sump pump is properly installed and maintained to ensure it operates efficiently and effectively. BDB uses tough, reliable sump pumps in all of our basement and crawlspace systems. Our sump pumps use cast iron or stainless steel construction (depending on pump series used) and are continuous duty rated for worry-free operation. 


Here are 4 important reasons you should install a sump pump in your home:


1. Protection from Flooding:

One of the primary reasons to install a sump pump is to protect your home from flooding. A sump pump helps to remove water that accumulates in your basement or crawl space due to heavy rains or melting snow, preventing water damage to your property. When you have a sump pump, you can rest assured that your basement will not flood during excessive rainfall.

2. Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth:

Excess moisture in your basement or crawl space can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. These microorganisms can cause serious health problems and structural damage to your home. A sump pump helps to keep your basement or crawl space dry, preventing the growth of mold and mildew, which helps maintain the health of your household.

3. Enhancing Home Value:

Installing a sump pump can add value to your home. If you’re planning to sell your property in the future, having a sump pump installed can be an attractive feature for potential buyers. It gives them peace of mind knowing that the property is protected from flooding and other water-related problems.

4. Protecting Your Basement Finishing:

If you have a finished basement, a sump pump is essential. After the effort and expense of finishing your basement, the last thing you want is all that to be ruined by one rainfall. A sump pump can protect your investment by preventing water damage to your flooring, walls, and furniture. A sump pump can also prevent costly repairs, saving you money in the long run.



Questions about a Sump Pump?

When it comes to maintaining or installing a sump pump in your home, there’s no one you can trust quite like BDB Waterproofing. Contact BDB Waterproofing at 402-779-3165 or use the contact form on our website.