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A Sump Pump Keeps The Water Out Of Your Basement

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Water in your basement is a problem. It can cause all kinds of damage to your basement and foundation, which can range from mold to subsidence in your foundation. One way to help deal with water in your basement is to install a sump pump. 

Sump Pump

A sump is a low spot in your basement where water tends to accumulate. You can create a sump by digging a pit in that low area so that water will end up in the hole. Then you would install a pump so that when the water reaches a certain level, the pump will kick in and pump the water out of the house. The water can end up in a storm drain or a wet place in your yard. The pump is a necessary part of the sump because, without it, you have to figure out another way to deal with all the water that accumulates in the sump. That's why you need to know some signs that your pump is failing and needs to be repaired. 

Runs Continuously

One of the signs that your sump pump is having problems is that it runs all the time. The pump has a float arm that is anchored to a switch. The float arm rests on the top of the water. The switch turns off the pump when the water reaches a preset level. But the pump will keep going if the float arm doesn't trigger the switch, even if the water is below the preset height. That can be a sign that the float arm is broken, that the float arm is detached from the switch, or that the switch is broken. It can also be a sign that your pump isn't strong enough for the water volume that is ending up in the sump or that it has to pump the water too far. However, if those last two things are the problem, that will show up as soon as the pump is installed. If the pump has been running fine up until now, and it has just started to run all the time, then you will likely have to replace a broken pump. 

You won't want to have water in your basement or your foundation. You can do several things to get rid of it. One of them is to install a sump pump in your basement. That will get the water out of your basement and send it somewhere for a safe disposition. 

If your pump is broken, reach out to a professional who offers sump pump replacement.