Maintaining your home’s sump pump
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Homeowner's guide to sump pumps and maintenance

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If you're buying or upgrading a home, you might be asking yourself, "What is a sump pump?" A sump pump is a type of pump that you install in your basement to manage excess water and prevent damage from flooding.

Whether you're buying a new home, remodeling, or building one, including a sump pump is a wise choice. Sump pumps are a proactive, and protective measure to keep your home safe from flooding. When deciding if your home should include a sump pump, here are some important things to know.

Does everyone need a sump pump?

If you live in certain areas or have particularly wet weather, a sump pump is a smart investment. If you meet any of the criteria below, a sump pump can help you maintain your home.

Even if you don’t meet any of these conditions a sump pump may still be helpful. If flooding occurs and you don't have a sump pump, you'll need to handle water removal and repair damages.

How does a sump pump work?

A sump pump is installed in a two-foot deep pit in your basement. It pumps excess water that enters the pit away from your home. Inside the pit is a float, similar to what's in the back of a toilet. When water enters the pit from a heavy rainstorm, for example, the float rises, which activates the pump.[1]

What kind of maintenance can improve sump pump performance?

You don't want to find out that your sump pump isn't working by discovering an inch of water in your basement following a catastrophic event. To make sure it's working when you need it, here are several maintenance tips:[2]

A sump pump is one of the many precautionary appliances you can install to protect your home from damage. There are also several smart devices available to help detect and protect your home from water damage. These devices can also help you use less water, which may in turn save you money on your utility bills.

There are instances when flood or water damage may not be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. Consider adding water back up coverage to your policy and purchasing a flood insurance policy to better protect your home from losses related to flooding.

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