Sump Pumps: Useful Equipment
Sump pumps have become useful in struggles to maintain dry, waterproof basements. Many homeowners have saved large sums of money by taking routine steps to keep residential sump pumps fully operational and in good condition.
While sump pumps offer inexpensive water-removal assistance, failing to install a sump pump or to detect a malfunction can prove very costly. Take some routine precautions to help ensure the sump pumps in your basement operate efficiently.
One: Learn About Basic Sump Pump Operations
Sump pumps collect pooling water from the lowest levels of a residence and pump it directly outside. For this reason, they typically occupy a “sump pit,” or crock at the lowest elevation in the basement. Water flows down to the sump pit through a basement drainage system. The pit will also collect any water seeping through basement walls or entering lower levels of the premises as a result of unusually heavy rains or flooding.
Today, depending upon their needs, homeowners often choose between two different styles of sump pump: pedestal or submersible. Both types offer advantages and disadvantages.
The pedestal sump pump’s motor sits on a platform which elevates it above the sump pit. As the engine pumps, it collects water pooled in the sump pit and pumps it outdoors. While sometimes very noisy during operation, pedestal pumps offer the advantages of a more easily accessible pump mechanism and a slightly lower cost.
A submersible sump pump’s motor sits beneath the sump pit basement drain within a completely enclosed waterproof housing. Out of sight under the basement floor, it also works to pump any water from the sump pit into a pipe leading outdoors. However, repairing the motor generally requires expert assistance due to the pump’s difficult-to-access location.
Two: Test Your Sump Pump Periodically
Home inspection experts recommend testing the sump pump in set intervals. Depending on your home’s location, some pumps work almost around the clock during certain times of year. Making periodic checks of this equipment helps insure it will continue operating when needed.
The sump pump typically contains a water pressure sensor in the form of a float activator. As water flows into the sump pit, it exerts pressure on this mechanism and turns on the sump pump automatically. Test the pump’s operation by pouring water into the sump pit.
Three: Install a Backup Sump Pump
Many plumbers recommend the installation of a second, back-up battery-powered sump pump. It can provide important assistance if a power interruption occurs during a heavy rainstorm.
Today many of these units include an alarm to alert residents to the need for battery replacement. Battery-powered pumps typically lack sustained endurance. Yet this equipment may prevent a flooded basement in some situations.
Best of all, all of our installed sump pumps at Basement Solutions come with an available 10-year warranty if problems ever occur.
Four: Sump Pump Drain Cleaning
A third sump pump precaution applies specifically to popular submersible sump pumps. Placed beneath the basement drain in the sump pit, these units also sometimes become clogged with debris and sediment. They usually contain a bottom grate which accumulates unwanted material.
Removal of this material helps ensure submersible pumps continue working effectively. It usually proves helpful to inspect the basement sump pit drain, too.
A Persistently Wet Basement
If you take every precaution to maintain your home’s sump pump in good working condition, yet you still notice frequent dampness or pooling water in the basement, you might benefit by tending to your problem with a full-time waterproofing option. Persistently damp indoor conditions can lead to a variety of health and safety concerns. These issues range from the development of mold to weakened building foundations.
Basement Solutions is available to assist property owners struggling to resolve sump pump and basement waterproofing issues. Don’t allow a wet basement to degrade your property values. Instead, give us a call at 610-495-9111 and let us get started. We’ll help you discover the source of persistent water and find practical, effective solutions.