Accumulated water in a basement whether from broken pipes or weather can cause significant and costly damage to a home. Basement problems can occur more frequently during storms and in the winter. We rely on drainage around the homes foundation to collect water from rain and snow to direct away from a house so basement flooding doesn’t occur Think of all the valuable items that are typically in one’s basement, heating equipment, water heater, electrical panel, washer/dryer, etc. The installation of a sump pit and sump pump can prevent costly repairs.
Over the last few weeks, we have seen devastating damage caused by frozen, burst pipes that, by the time it was discovered, had already filled the basement and caused thousands of dollars in damage.
Installation of a sump pit and pump is one way to keep the basement from filling with water. A sump pump is a submersible pump that sits at the bottom of a sump pit, which is typically installed at the lowest point in your basement or crawl space. A pit is dug out and a plastic sump pit is installed. A pump is placed within that pit, and is connected to a discharge line. If water begins to accumulate, the rising water level will trigger the float on the pump, and the pump will continue to pump the water out through the discharge line until the water level is reduced to a manageable level.
This set up is also good protection against homes built in areas with high water tables, and those that are prone to foundation leaks after heavy rains, or large snow melts.
Once you decide that a sump pump is a good investment for your home, you need to select a system that will effectivelyprevent basement flooding under any conditions.