How Sump Pumps Keep Your Basement Dry

During a late summer or early fall storm, a basement can be a safe and comforting retreat when the sirens begin blaring. Unfortunately, those same storms can produce heavy rains, which can turn your basement a damp dungeon. However, a quality sump pump can help keep your basement dry and cozy.

Whether it comes from condensation, cracks in the walls or slow seepage, moisture often makes its way into your basement. A sump pump is typically installed in a pit in the lowest part of your basement. The excess water drains into the pit, and as the pit fills up, it raises a float which turns on the pump. The sump pump then pumps the water out of your basement.

While a quality sump pump can help keep your basement dry, it’s not a guaranteed solution. When rains are heavy and the ground gets deeply saturated, your sump pump may struggle to keep up. Several different issues can arise which prevent your sump pump from performing the way it should.

The most common issue is power failure. Like any electric appliance, a sump pump can’t run if the power goes out. A water pressure-powered pump is the best solution to this issue. Another common problem is the switch locking up. If the float gets stuck, the pump either won’t turn on, or it will stay on continuously and the motor will burn out. In very cold weather, the discharge pipes can freeze up, and the water will have nowhere to go. Finally, like any other appliance, a sump pump has a limited service life. If your sump pump has been installed more than five to seven years ago, it may just have worn out.

We've got the skill and training to safely and correctly install a quality sump pump in your basement. We can also make sure you get the right size and horsepower for your needs. As we move into the wild weather of autumn, the time is right to install a new sump pump before bad weather hits.