Flooding may not be the first thing to come to mind when you consider owning a home in northern Nevada. But while it’s not a yearly guarantee, we certainly do have our share of floods. Rain showers and sporadic storms can lead to big problems in basements and crawl spaces, which is when a sump pump can be a lifesaver. Springtime in northern Nevada means unpredictable weather – as of this writing, there is snow snarling traffic at the pass – so consider this a timely post. Here are four benefits of a sump pump in your northern Nevada home.
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is installed beneath the floor in basements and crawl spaces. It’s designed to collect groundwater before it can reach your home and cause flooding issues. During hard rains, groundwater can seep through cracks in your foundation and create big problems. The sump pump redirects this water away from your home.
If you’ve ever noticed wetness or moisture on the ground in your basement or crawl space, or your home is located in a flood zone, a sump pump is an excellent idea.
Benefits of a Sump Pump
Reduce Your Risk of Flooding
The biggest benefit to a sump pump installation is the protection it offers against a flooded basement or crawl space. Flooding is bad enough in your crawl space, but standing water in your finished basement is a huge headache in terms of time and expense to clean up the mess and fix the damage.
Prevent Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew can be an issue even here in the high desert, and that’s especially true if your basement or crawl space is prone to flooding. This is a health hazard, with symptoms that include eye irritation, coughing, and wheezing. Plus, mold and mildew often produce unpleasant odors.
A small investment up front can mean saving thousands of dollars down the line. Repairing water damage can be incredibly costly, and there are better places to spend your money than replacing things damaged by flooding!
Protect Your Home
Without a sump pump, your home’s foundation is at risk. Over time, seeping water can damage the foundation and create opportunities for pest problems. If you have any electrical appliances in the basement or crawl space, those are at risk too.
River City Plumbing can Help
Ready to learn more about sump pump installation for your Reno or Sparks home? River City Plumbing can install a sump pump to keep your home dry and safe. Contact us today with questions about installation, service, and repair.