3 Questions That You Should Ask About Your Sump Pump

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3 Questions That You Should Ask About Your Sump PumpAt the heart of your basement waterproofing system is your sump pump. Your sump pump keeps water out of your basement. It is the last defense to keep your basement dry. When groundwater rises, it ensures that the water stays out of your basement by pumping it to the outside. You might also have a seepage problem through or over a wall and not realize it. You definitely want to have this repaired, but in the meantime, it’s better to find out about the water intrusion with a damp wall and the water pumped out than to go down to your basement and find a flood. A sump pump is insurance against potential water problems.

Is my sump pump installed correctly?

The sump pump should be installed in a sump pit at the lowest place of the basement. This pit will collect water that it receives as water naturally gravitates toward it and from drain tile that leads down toward the pit. The sump pit should be large enough to handle that water that needs to be pumped out, but it should not be too deep. If it is too deep, you will be pumping out ground water that would never touch your basement floor or foundation, and your pump will run constantly.

Your sump pit should have a lid that is secure, as to prevent debris from falling into the pit and obstructing the float that engages the pump. A pit that is sealed with a lid will also keep the water and soil gases from vaporizing into the basement.

The discharge pipe should run from the sump pump through the top of the foundation. The pipe should extend several feet from the house, preferably to a location where water can run down, away from the house. If the the pipe is too short, water will soak into the ground and under the basement floor again.

Is my sump pump functioning properly?

Possibly, the worst feeling in the world is going down to your basement to proudly admire how dry your basement is after a big storm, only to find that your sump pump did not activate. There you are standing at the top of the stairs, looking at your wet basement floor in disgust. To avoid this scenario, you should make sure that your sump pump is working before it is absolutely imperative that it be working.

The point of failure for most pumps is the float switch. Pour water into pit to make sure that the float switch activates the pump and pumps the water out of it. You also want to make sure that the water is able to go completely through the discharge pipe so that it does not back up into the pit. Put it on your calendar to check the pump a couple of times a year, or just before the heaviest rain season.

Is my sump pump working when I lose power?

Power outages are not uncommon during a heavy rainstorm. So what do you do when the pump on which you rely is out of service because of a power outage? Make sure that you have a battery backup! A battery backup pump will not be used as your main pump, but will activate if water enters the sump pit while the power is off. A wise homeowner will invest in a battery backup to ensure that they are covered at all times. This small investment is much more cost effective than cleaning up a big mess and possibly having to replace parts of your basement.

If your sump pump has not been installed correctly, does not function properly or does not operate during a power outage, contact Dry Basement HouseHolder® Systems (a Kansas City Sump Pump Dealer). They have installed sump pumps and waterproofed Kansas City basements for 35 years.

Dry Basement HouseHolder® Systems
5121 East Front Street
Kansas City, MO 64120


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