A sump pump is an interior drainage system that helps prevent hydrostatic pressure from building around your home. It does this by directing groundwater elsewhere.

A good drainage system is a homeowner’s first line of defense against a wet basement. If your system fails, it could turn into a major problem. Below are some of the most common failures (and what to do about them)!

Frozen Discharge Lines

It won’t be long before temperatures drop and frozen lines become a concern. Water collected by your sump pump is expelled via discharge lines. During winter these lines can freeze.

Debris can also clog the lines as well. When either of these occur, the system fails.

One thing you can do proactively is check your lines entry (in the sump pit) and exit (on the exterior of your home). Your lines should be clear and covered.

Contact Waterproof Solutions for recommendations on proper installation to avoid freezing lines. Our team of professionals can inspect your current system and recommend repairs or replacement lines.

A Clogged Sump Pump

If your sump pump does not have a lid, this is probably part of the problem. If there is a lid, remove it and inspect the sump pit for dirt and debris.  Check the “float switch,” which turns the pit on and off as the water level changes. This can clog or jam as well. 

Ensure that the pit and the mechanical sump pump parts are free from dirt, debris and silt. If you do not have a lid, Waterproof Solutions today for an inspection, repair, or replacement!

No Power 

St. Louis residents are accustomed to extreme weather. But if a storm brings with it a couple inches of rain, followed by a power outage, you could have a big problem. Without power, electrical sump pumps cannot function. You don’t want this to happen when you need it the most!

Consider a battery-operated backup sump pump that will not fail if your home loses power. Waterproof Solutions can recommend the best model for your home.

No Water in the Sump Pit

No water in your sump pit is a signal that your sump pump may not be linked to a drainage system, or it may have been improperly installed.  In this case, you will need your sump pump and drainage system professionally inspected.

If you still  have questions, give us a call. Waterproof Solutions is the St. Louis expert and resource on foundation repair and education.

Call us today with your foundation repair questions. We can identify where a breakdown in your system has occurred and recommend solutions, ensuring that your basement stays nice and dry!