Gilley says, “An umbrella might keep you dry outside, but it won’t work for your basement. How about a sump pump?”

sump-pump2This could be the time of year when your umbrella gets a lot of use. In the mix of warm and sunny spring days in Pittsburgh, we’re unfortunately subject to frequent rainfall. On average, May is the rainiest month in the area. Now is a good time to ask yourself, “Will my home be protected from heavy rainfall or other sources of water entry?” Rain is a major cause of basement flooding, but water can enter your home from a wealth of other sources year-round. An interior drainage system, which includes the use of a sump pump, can help keep your basement dry, your belongings safe, and your home comfortable no matter what time of year. Here’s how:

1. A designated sump pit is dug out in typically the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace.

2. A sump pump is installed, which activates when the pit fills with water.

3. A pipe runs from the sump to outside of your home so water can be drained a safe distance away from your home’s foundation.

4. The sump pump runs on existing electricity and should be used with a GFCI outlet for additional protection.

5. The goal of the sump pump is to collect any water from your basement floor to prevent flooding and water damage.

Water damage can range from minor to severe, and usually gets worse the longer a water problem goes unaddressed. If your basement floods, then you could face irreversible damage to furniture and personal belongings, as well as potential damage to your health from exposure to mold and mildew. The best way to avoid all of the problems and dangers associated with out-of-place water is to prevent them with a waterproofing system. Find out your options, address any existing water problems, and be left with a dry, safe basement that you and your family can always count on.

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Tom Gillece Sr. is the founder and president of Gillece Services in Pittsburgh, providing residential Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Waterproofing services throughout Western Pennsylvania. Established in 1980, Gillece has helped homeowners with all of their emergency, maintenance, repair and replacement needs for more than 30 years. For the latest news and offers, Gillece can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.