A sump pump installed in a basement of a home with a water powered backup system

The Benefits a Sump Pump Has on Your Health

Waukesha gets a lot of snow. Once that snow starts melting as early as late March, this can cause some flooding in your basement. While sump pumps are great for preventing water damage to your home, you may not think about how many benefits there are for your health. Spaces like basements that aren’t used frequently can easily host pests and mold without anyone noticing the problem. Sump pumps can remove water and humidity to prevent a number of threats to your physical well-being.

Sump Pump Basics

Sump pumps are installed at the lowest point of your basement. These cylindrical pumps will detect when water begins to pool in the area and pump it out before it can cause damage. Most pumps use a simple float level to turn on the pump only when the water gets to a certain depth. These devices can help prevent a number of issues related to both water and humidity in your home.

Health Benefits

You may not always think of the health effects of too much humidity in your residence. To start with, too much humidity will fuel the growth of mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can cause serious issues with your home’s air quality. They can also cause serious structural issues in your home. Mold will spread, and the spores can cause damage to your possessions. Mold and mildew can trigger allergies, and some species of mold are toxic to both people and pets. Being around mold and mildew can cause problems with your health that you may not soon realize have been brought on by them. Reducing your home’s humidity can help inhibit the growth of mold.

Another serious consideration is insects. Many insects like termites love higher humidity levels. If your home stays humid, you may see infestations of termites, roaches and other insects. Not only can they damage your home, but many insect infestations can also affect your health. They can spoil food and clothing and cause other damage. Eliminating an infestation can be hard if you do not also eliminate the factors that make your home an attractive habitat for insects.

Rodents and similar pests also love humidity. Standing water helps keep them hydrated, and it will grow nourishment that can attract them. Rodents will get into your food stores and spread disease. Even if they don’t get into your food, they can cause damage to your home, and their waste can cause health issues for your family. Furthermore, populations of rodents may draw in predators that you could encounter on your property.

A sump pump can help prevent all of this by removing standing water and lowering humidity.

Trust the Professionals

At Jeff’s Custom Care Plumbing, we can help make sure your basement and crawl spaces in Waukesha stay dry with our sump pump services. Contact us today to enjoy the benefits of a drier home.