How Sump Pumps Keep Your Basement Dry

For most people, the basement is used heavily, for laundry, storage or a finished basement, so protecting your basement from flooding is of the utmost importance. The last thing you need is a huge pool of ground water or sewage water over running your basement. All it takes is a storm, backed up sewer line, melting snow leaking into your foundation, flash flood or a cresting creek to quickly flood your basement. Your basement is an investment, and you need to take certain steps to provide preventive measures to flooding. Flooding is the number one cause of damage to basements.

Thankfully there are several preventive measures that can be taken to prevent major damage from basement flooding, and actions to protect your home should flooding occur. The tool we will talk about here, to help prevent basement flooding in this article is a sump pump. By installing a sump pump you can greatly protect your home from flooding. Sump pumps are the homeowner’s first line of defense against basement flood. An automatic sump pump is one of the best investments you can make for your basement, and a sump pump provides the most protection from sudden flooding among all preventive measures you can take.

If you install drainage pipes in the basement, it can channel the water to a sump pump. These drainage pipes are perforated pipes, and are also called foundation drain tile. These drainage systems will catch any rising water and carry it to the sump pump. Once the water reaches the sump pump, it will be carried away through a discharge pipe. It is recommended that if you install a sump pump to have a back up sump pump that runs off of battery power, in case of power failure during heavy storms or hurricanes. Your sump pump is your number one line of defense when water enters your basement, so having a back up pump is critical. Sump pumps are after all mechanical devices and prone to failure like any mechanical device is. Also if the power goes out you will still need this critical line of defense. A back up pump can be had for as low as $250.00 on the low end. A sump pump can prevent thousands of dollars in property damage should disaster strike. When choosing a sump pump, make sure it has the capacity and durability to handle the amount of flood water you might expect to ever enter your basement. You also want to ensure that your sump pit is large enough to handle a decent quantity of water, as smaller sump pump pits can cause your sump pump to operate more often and burn out quicker.

Once you install a sump pump system, if you follow some simple maintenance procedures, you will prolong the life of your sump pump and ensure that your sump pump is always ready should disaster strike. Make sure you have your sump pump on a pedestal in the sump pump pit, so it is not in the line of any debris that may enter your sump pump pit. Small objects, sludge and debris can often enter into the sump pit, causing major problems if it clogs up the sump pit. Always ensure your sump pumps floating switch is working properly, and is not stuck or jammed. Always ensure your back up sump pumps battery is at full power in case of an emergency. You also need to ensure that the drainage system that carries water to your sump pump and sump pit is free of debris, and can carry the water unobstructed to the sump pit. If your home has no foundation drainage or poor foundation drainage with no adequate pitch to get the water to the pit, you may need to have one installed correctly to ensure that your sump pump system can operate at peak performance and protect your investment.

A reliable water damage restoration company or plumbing company can help you pick out and install the best sump pump and drainage system to fit your budget.

Warmer Weather Brings with it Many Challenges

The Midwest survived a big snow only to be hit immediately afterward with a deep freeze. This coming weekend, people across the Midwest will have to prepare for the next hit from Mother Nature as there is a big thaw on the way. And with the warmer weather comes too the risk of flooding and damage to homes and businesses.

Temperature highs early this week were well below zero with wind chills making it feel much, much colder. Those frigid temps caused by the polar vortex that swept down from the north are giving way to single digits Wednesday that will slowly climb to the upper 20s and 30s by later this week. The National Weather Service said that many areas will see a drastic 50 degree upward swing in temperatures. That type of quick increase makes conditions very favorable for flooding and especially so considering many areas were blasted with up to a foot of snow and even more.

As the temperatures rise, the ground thaws and slowly but surely becomes saturated. A great deal of the snow on the ground will run off into waterways and lakes. There’s sure to be some flooding that takes place on roadways this weekend which could make travel dangerous and even impossible in low lying areas.

The warmer temperatures also may prove problematic for homeowners who’ve neglected to clean out their gutters. To avoid having water leak into a home, ice should be knocked off gutters & downspouts and drainage areas should be cleared. Another problem the rising temperatures could cause homeowners are ice dams on roofs. An ice dam is a blockage that’s created by melting snow that refreezes. If not attended to, an ice dam can destroy a roof and its gutters and can also cause water to leak into the home or building.

Ice dams have been forming on roofs all across the Midwest including cities like Chicago and Detroit since the heavy snowfall and extreme cold weather. That buildup of ice can really cause home and business owners some headaches as the temperatures climb this coming weekend wherein the mix of ice and snow will melt rapidly. An ice dam can become very messy and costly if it happens to cause a ceiling to collapse which is something that happens all too often.

There have been water main breaks all across the Midwest in numerous communities which is something that’s not uncommon when the temperatures fluctuate.

The extreme change in temperatures coming at the end of the week also can cause water pipes inside homes and businesses to burst. Plumbing services all across the Midwest have been extremely busy during the bone-chilling cold weather as they’ve been responding to calls about frozen and burst pipes. Even frozen pipes that didn’t burst during the cold can do so as they’re gradually thawing out because they simply cannot withstand the extreme pressure.