A sump pump is an interior drainage system installed underneath your basement floor and in crawl spaces to collect groundwater, before it floods your home. The pump system helps collect groundwater and excess water buildup from rains. After collecting the water, the sump pump then diverts it away from your home.
The job of a sump pump is to keep the area under the building dry and to prevent it from flooding. Water flows into the sump pit through drains or by natural water migration through the soil. When excess water builds up, the sump pump pumps the water out of the sump pit. It then sends it away from the home, ensuring that the basement or crawl space stays dry.
Sometimes a sump pump can get clogged with debris, if it doesn’t have a lid. When this happens, you’ll have to call a professional like Waterproof Solutions, to take a look. We’ll make sure the sump pump is installed properly, and decide if it’s in need of repair or replacement.
Sump pumps are fairly common in the St. Louis area, especially in some of the older neighborhoods. If you don’t have a sump pump, it could be a solution for you.
Do I Need a Sump Pump?
Do you frequently deal with low level flooding or puddling in your basement? What about a persistent musty smell or condensation? If these are common occurrences for you, it’s likely that your home’s foundation has hydrostatic pressure built up. That pressure forces water to seep through cracks and locations where the floor and walls meet.
Hydrostatic pressure build up can be caused by a number of factors. These include: oversaturated soil, improper drainage, or just simply the location of your home on the land. This pressure can compromise your home’s foundation, leaking through cracks and potentially causing walls to bow.
You can try to solve the problem yourself by unclogging rain gutters, inspecting roof downspouts and making sure foundation soil slopes away from the house. But, when these fixes don’t seem to solve the issue you may want to consider installing a sump pump.
Before these issues get worse (and they will), call Waterproof Solutions St. Louis and let us take a look. We can tell you if an interior drain system like a sump pump is necessary. We also can evaluate and recommend a solution for any water issues your foundation or yard may have. Addressing these issues now will prevent further damage to your home.
Periodic sump pump inspections are also important, to make sure your system is working properly and your home is protected from water damage.
Call Waterproof Solutions To Keep Your Home Safe and Dry
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