Keep your Basement Dry this Spring by Maintaining or Installing a Sump Pump

Capital District residents are experiencing another wet Spring this year and even if your basement isn’t prone to flooding, it would be wise to make sure your sump pump is operating efficiently.

Sump pumps are pumps used to extract accumulated water and are generally installed in the basement just under the ground in a hole referred to as the Sump Pit. When the sensor in the pit (often known as the “float”) rises above a certain level, the sump pump automatically turns on and drains out the water. Your sump pump should be tested annually by a plumbing professional in order to ensure it is running properly.

Homeowners often opt to install an emergency backup sump pump just in case the main sump pump runs out of power or breaks down for any reason. Emergency backup sump pumps are used not only in the event of power outages or when the main sump pump fails, but when the water load is too big for your main sump pump to handle the volume.  Backup or secondary sump pumps can be water powered or run on batteries; they are real lifesavers during power outages. These specific types of emergency backup pumps are used only for backup purposes, battery back ups come with rechargeable batteries which last as much as 6 to 7 hours.

Not only can a flooded basement damage your personal belongings, it can create serious issues for the flooring, drywall and your mechanical systems such as electrical panels, water heaters and heating systems.  A sump pump can literally save you thousands of dollars in repairs, not to mention the sentimental value of the personal property which may not be recovered.  If structural damage isn’t enough to convince you of the importance of a properly functioning sump pump and an emergency back-up system, excessive moisture may also contribute to serious health problems. Moisture leads to mold, which is hazardous to your health. Extreme moisture can cause fungus to build up and destroy the wood in your home leading to wood destroying insects such as termites.

Often times, sump pumps and backup pumps are not something you think about until it’s too late.  The investment you make this Spring in a back up sump pump can literally save you hundreds of dollars and a great deal of stress down the road.  Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators and let streetdance3.ru provide the Red Carpet Treatment you deserve!

Consumer Tax Credits for Energy Efficient Appliances Has Been Extended into 2011 With Revisions

Last year, the federal government instituted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which provides a tax credit to help offset the costs of making energy efficiency improvements to your home – including energy-efficient windows, insulation, doors, roofs, and heating and cooling equipment. If you install any of these qualifying energy efficiencies in your existing home you could be eligible to receive a tax credit for a percentage off of the cost of your purchase.

The 2009 tax credit expired on December 31, 2010. However, the government recently signed a bill to extend this deadline to December 31, 2011. Read more »