Sump pumps are critical to keeping your basement or crawl space dry during heavy rains, snow thaws, or flooding.
To start, a “sump” is the name for a small pit that collects water. When installing a sump pump, a hole is dug below the level of your basement floor for the purpose of giving any water in your basement a place to go. A pump is installed in the sump pit, such that when water flows into the pit, it is activated and pumps the water out and away from your home.
When the sump pit fills with water due to heavy rain or flooding, the sump pump is triggered. There are several types of sump pumps, including ones with battery backups. Each works slightly differently, so it’s best to work with a professional to decide which type is right for your home.
A typical basement waterproofing strategy is to install a French drain around the interior perimeter of your basement to collect water that would otherwise seep into your basement. The French Drain is graded to bring water to the sump pit, where the sump pump can effectively remove it from the basement.
To learn more about French Drains, visit our page on Interior French Drains
There are a number of potential issues that can affect a sump pump. Because sump pumps may go for months without being triggered to expel water, it’s possible that some component has failed, leaving you without protection when basement flooding does occur. You can have a broken sump pump and not even know it.
Your sump pump can become blocked by debris, its pipe might become frozen, or the pump itself might become burned out. Your unit can also seize up from sitting around unused for too long, or may even have been installed incorrectly in the first place.
At D-Bug Waterproofing, we offer both sump pump inspection and sump pump repair. If you’re experiencing issues with your sump pump or just want to get ready for the rainy season, give us a call. We’ll take a look and make sure your sump pump is healthy and ready to go, helping to keep your home healthy and free from pooling water in the basement.
With over 75 years of experience with basement waterproofing in southwestern PA, we know what it takes to get the job done. To schedule your free sump pump inspection, visit our Contact Us page or give us a call at 1-855-381-1528.