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Who Should I Hire to Install a Sump Pump?

Who Should I Hire to Install a Sump Pump?

Who Should I Hire to Install a Sump Pump?

You’ve got a catastrophe in your basement. Water is seeping through the cracks in you foundation and leaving little puddles everywhere. It’s starting to smell musty and moldy down there and you’re worried about airborne mold spores invading your house. Worst of all, every time it rains, your basement turns into a slimy ocean.

Your home needs a sump pump. A sump pump is a device that pumps water from your basement to a drainage pipe that gets it far away from your foundation. It’s a small investment with big returns that can save your home’s foundation and your family’s health.

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You have the choice of buying it and installing it yourself or calling a waterproofing professional to do the job for you. The obvious advantage of doing it yourself is that you save money. But a waterproofing pro has the needed parts and materials. They can help you determine which type of pump is best for you. They can also offer other tips and other services to help you keep your basement water-free.

Get a Referral

The best way to find a waterproofing pro is to ask around. Get a referral from a friend, family member, or coworker. If they’ve done a good job installing a sump pump for your friend, you know they’ll do a good job with yours. Helpful and trustworthy service professionals aren’t always easy to find, but this is a sure way to find one.

Web Search

Most people don’t think to look for service contractors online but this is a great place to find them. Do a web search on Google or another search engine using your location and the term ‘basement waterproofing.’ For example, if you live in New Jersey, you might try ‘New Jersey basement waterproofing’ or ‘basement waterproofing in NJ.’ You’ll find a variety of websites for local service providers and all waterproofing pros do sump pumps.

Check Reviews

If you find yourself with too many choices and you’re at a loss as to which is best, you can usually find online review sites. These are sites where happy (or unhappy) customers write reviews of services they’ve hired. If the service was good, they give them five stars. If it stunk, they tell you why. Big sites with lots of reviews include AngiesList, Yelp, and PissedConsumer. You can search for different contractors on these sites to see what people have to say about them.

Getting Your Quote

Once you’ve chosen a service professional, make sure they’re trustworthy. How can you tell when you first meet them? A good way is to ask them questions. If they’re responsive to your questions and they take the time to answer them fully, you’ve got someone you can trust. This means they’re concerned with getting your basement water problem fixed and not just padding their wallet or getting through the day.

After you get your sump pump, take some time to learn how it works. There are different types and they all do their job slightly differently. If you understand how it works, you can fix most minor things that can go wrong with it and you can ensure that your basement will stay dry.