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Protect Your Home against Floodwaters This Spring

Monday, March 28th, 2016 at 11:00 am

When it comes to natural disasters, you want to do everything in your power to protect your home. One way to do this is by paying attention to your plumbing system and ensuring you are truly prepared. For example, you can protect your home against floodwaters by installing a sump pump.

Perhaps you’ve heard of a sump pump, but are unaware of what they actually do. They remove water from your basement by pumping it out and delivering it to the appropriate drainage system. They can do this because they are positioned at the lowest point in your basement, where water will collect first.

How Will a Sump Pump Protect My Home Against Floodwaters?

When heavy rains occur, you could feasibly find yourself with knee-deep water in your basement, flooding and damaging everything in the room. If you have valuables in your basement, this can be even more tragic. While sump pumps primarily protect you from the problem of gradual water build-ups, a properly functioning sump pump can help you potentially avoid this type of disaster.

Another important thing to remember about floodwaters is that they can increase your risk of fire. This is because the water from a flood can short-circuit the appliances kept in your basement. So if you have a laundry machine, water heater, or heating system down below, a sump pump will help keep water from threatening it. As one of the leading causes of electrical fires, protecting against floods is essential.

One final problem flooding brings is the mold and mildew. Naturally you’ll need to replace your flooring after a flood, but unless you get rid of all the dampness, there is still a chance that mold and mildew can develop in your basement walls and floors. This not only damages your home, but also is bad for your health. A sump pump keeps your basement dry and keeps mold and mildew from developing.

For sump pump services in Olympia, WA, contact Brooks Plumbing today. 

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