Do you use your basement for extra storage or living space? Maybe you use it as a laundry room or a game room. No matter how you use it, we can all agree that a flood is the last thing you want in your basement. Sump pumps prevent water from pooling below your home, and Basement Authority of West Virginia has the best sump pumps on the market. Here’s everything you need to know about this basement waterproofing solution.
How Do Sump Pumps Work?
When it comes to installing a sump pump, a professional team is best. This is what to expect from our trained professionals on the day of installation.
- Dig a Hole in the Floor: In order for the sump pump to be effective, our team must create a hole in your basement floor. The sump pump and its respective basin will then be placed into the hole, typically located in the lowest spot of your basement. The actual pump and its components will then be placed inside the basin. Once the hole is finalized and cleaned up a bit, our team can move on to the next step.
- Connect to Piping: After the sump pump is placed, our team will need to connect it to various piping systems. This is a vital part of the process, as the sump pump pushes any excess water away from your home. Our interior drainage system is placed around the basement’s perimeter to collect leaking water, which is then directed to the sump pump. As the water levels rise, the sump pump begins pumping water away through discharge lines. Our sump pumps are able to move thousands of gallons of water every day. Most basements don’t experience that much flooding, but our basement waterproofing solutions can handle whatever is thrown at them.
- Test the Sump Pump: Once installation is finalized, our team will test the sump pump to make sure it’s working correctly. We’ll activate the mechanism and make sure it’s actually moving water away from your home. Our team also recommends using a sump pump in tandem with other basement waterproofing solutions such as dehumidifiers or vapor barriers for maximum protection against water.
What Makes Our Sump Pumps Stand Out?
- Our systems are built with cast iron to ensure durability and longevity in even the worst flooding conditions. They won’t break under pressure.
- Each sump pump comes with a long-term and transferable warranty, so you know your equipment is well-protected.
- We offer an optional backup battery which you can use to keep your sump pump functional during an emergency.
Signs Your Basement Needs a Sump Pump
Many pipes are located in your basement which connect to toilets, sinks, showers, and appliances. If a leak appears for any reason, your basement experiences problems. Water begins dripping or pouring into your basement. Over time, water begins to pool on your basement floor and could cause damage to any personal items located in the space. Without a sump pump, this water has nowhere to drain and will only continue to rise and cause problems. Sump pumps stop this problem from occurring, quickly moving water away before it has a chance to cause damage.
If your basement walls or floors are cracked, moisture is likely to get into your basement. This happens because the soil contains a lot of moisture, especially in West Virginia where rain and snow are quite common. As water drains below the surface, it can easily leak through basement cracks and fill the space with water. If left unchecked, the water will continue to pool and flood your basement. Sump pumps allow this outside water to drain and be pumped away from the foundation so it can’t cause damage anymore.
While sump pumps cannot directly address mold, they can directly address the cause of mold – water. When water is allowed to pool inside your basement, it eventually evaporates and causes humidity levels to rise. Mold simply needs high humidity and organic material to thrive. Your basement is likely made with wood and fabric; these organic materials provide mold with enough food to grow. Mix this with water in your basement, and you’ve got breeding grounds for mold. Sump pumps remove water and make it difficult for mold to grow.
While some homeowners might want to install a sump pump on their own, it’s generally better to leave the installation to a professional. You need special tools to make a hole in your basement floor and to attach the sump pump to piping. Any misstep during this process could end up damaging your basement or lead to a faulty sump pump, which doesn’t move water away from your home.
Most professionals would say that a sump pump is necessary for basements. Even if you don’t experience any flooding, it’s always best to be prepared for the unexpected. This is especially true because basements are often used for everyday living, something other foundations are not. Damage to your basement might lead to lost personal items on top of foundation damage.
While a sump pump is effective at moving flooding water away from your home, it’s advised to use sump pumps as part of a larger basement waterproofing system. This involves using a vapor barrier, dehumidifier, interior drainage, and a wall reinforcement system to keep your basement as protected as possible from moisture in all its forms.
Call Us for a Free Basement Inspection
A basement is one of the most important parts of a home, and we know the value of keeping it dry and protected. Since 2003, Basement Authority of West Virginia has helped homeowners in Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Wheeling, and surrounding areas identify basement problem signs and keep their homes safe from water damage. Contact us to learn more about our state-of-the-art sump pump systems and to schedule a free inspection with one of our specialists. Together, we’ll come up with a plan to protect your basement for years to come.