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Sump Pump: The Ultimate Guide for avoiding Wet Basement

Posted By / March 16, 2016

There will be water issues, even if you have spent thousands of dollars in waterproofing the basement. There will be situations when the basement will get wet. And, in such situations, you will need to install a sump pump.

 

How will a Sump Pump help in keeping a Basement dry?

It is a common practice for homeowners, living in the rainiest regions of the nation, to install a sump pump in the basement. They build a sump pit. It collects all the excess water of the basement. When, the water reaches a designated level, the sump pump pumps it out and keeps the basement dry.

 

Is Sump Pump Installation necessary for every Home?

It is not necessary for every home to have a sump pump. But, you need to install a sump pump if you face any of the following situations:

  1. If the basement is damp or wet
  2. If the house is built on ground with shallow water table
  3. If you live in one of rainiest regions of the nation

You should not buy it at the first sight of water problem in the basement. Basement flooding can be caused by several other things such as:

  1. There is water seepage through the window
  2. The gutter is overflowing
  3. Downspout is dumping water near the foundation
  4. There is soil around the foundation slopes creating pits for water

It is always a better idea to call a wet basement waterproofing contractor to take care of basement flooding. He/she will be able to diagnose the cause of flooding accurately and provide a viable solution.

Taking care of Sump Pump

Your job doesn’t end with installing a sump pump in the basement. You have to take care of it on a regular basis otherwise it will not be of any use. Here are a few things that should be kept in mind when you install it:

  • Battery backup sump pump

  • Sump pumps run on electricity. But, if there is a blackout, you won’t be able to use it. In such situations, you require a battery backup sump pump. If you forget to install a backup system, it can cause basement flooding.

  • Installation of the battery

  • When you buy a battery backup sump pump, install the batteries properly. If you keep the batteries on the ground, water can damage it. Remember to keep it in a plastic/wooden case and mount it on the wall.

  • Testing the sump pump system

  • If you do not test the sump pump system every couple of months, it will not pump out water efficiently. So, do not forget to conduct occasional testing by pouring the water in the sump pit. Pour enough water to activate it. If you are not satisfied by the performance, get it repaired immediately.

  • The condition of discharge pipes

  • Discharge pipes discard water away from the home. But, if the pipes are damaged, they will not function to the optimum level. So, check the condition of discharge pipes before the rainy season arrives.

Owning a house means taking care of it 24/7. If you have installed a sump pump in the basement, take care of it. It will help you to avoid basement flooding and ensure a dry basement.

Let the expert wet basement waterproofing contractor take care of installing a sump pump in the basement. With Pour Concrete, you do not have to worry about discharge pipes as well. Its efficient drain repair service will ensure that the discharge pipes are competent enough to discard the water away from home.