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.