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Sump Pump Failures & What To Do

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

While stepping into your home, you hear a faint, flowing noise and note that specific smell of standing water lurking somewhere in your home.  You follow the faint noise, and it leads you to the basement door.  As you creak open the door, that smell of musty water fills your nostrils. You can practically taste it. As you reach for the light switch to the stairs, you notice the basement floor is moving!  The light clicks on in a flash and what you see throws you backwards into shock.  The basement is flooded!  Water is about to come up the stairs and your items are floating ever so effortlessly in the pool of water that is now the lower level your beautiful home.  You think to yourself, this cannot be happening! 

Oh, but it is.  What has happened, is that your sump pump failed you.  Sump pumps transfer water from the basement to the outside of the house. A sump, also knows as a basin, is a hole carved under the primary surface of your basement floor.  This pit holds the sump pump.  Sump pumps are equipped with valves that monitor rising water levels.  When the water level gets past a certain point, the sump pump pushes the water out of your basement and into an area away from your home outside using a discharge line. This line, called an effluent, connects the sump pump to a chosen, exterior, drainage area.

It is highly recommended that you get sump pump failure insurance ADDED to your policy.  Unless specifically asked for, insurance companies do not automatically cover sump pump failures.  This could result in thousands and thousands of dollars of damages.  Because a sump pump failure is a nightmare to deal with, call SERVPRO of Fredericksburg.  We will walk down into that eerie, pool of dark water.  Our machines are built extract large amounts of water and we can have your home restored in record time.  540-373-7000.

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