One of the most effective ways to protect your Fort Lee home against flooding or leaks in the basement or garage is to have a sump pump installed. This simple device will turn on automatically when water starts to enter your home and remove that water by pumping it into a separate pipe or directly into the sewer system. Let’s take a closer look at exactly how these devices work.
How a Sump Pump Works
A sump pump is exactly what it sounds like. It is a simple pump that is either submerged in a pit or mounted on a pedestal next to a pit at the lowest level of your home. That pit is very important because when it starts to fill with water, the sump pump will detect it. A float will rise as the water level rises, and when it reaches a certain point, flip a switch that turns on the sump pump. The sump pump will then pump the water out of the pit and into the sewer line or a separate drain line (depending on your local ordinances).
The key to helping a sump pump effectively remove unwanted rainwater and runoff in your home before it causes damage is to ensure that water is directed into that pit. If you have a finished basement, one of the most effective ways to do this is with a set of French drains that gather and funnel water to the pump.
When working properly, a sump pump can remove gallons of waters every day, more than enough to offset the effects of even the worst spring thaws and summer storms in your area. If this is something you are interested in having installed in your Fort Lee home, call BZ Dependable today to discuss the process and learn more about what options are available to you.