Wet basement problems should always be taken seriously. Excess moisture in an underground, enclosed area like a basement can lead to dangerous and destructive mold growth. It can compromise the structural stability of your building. It can damage items stored in the basement. Plus, no one wants to spend time in a room that feels damp and humid and smells musty.
Prevent these and other problems in your new basement-or regain the use of an existing basement with a moisture problem-by having a basement contractor install a sump pump. Sump pumps are ideal for getting standing water out of basements. As part of a comprehensive waterproofing system, they can ensure that your basement stays dry and your home stays stable, safe, and comfortable long into the future. Contact a basement waterproofing specialist in your area to learn more about the option that’s right for you.
How Sump Pumps Work
Sump pumps usually sit in a pit in the lowest corner of your basement, tucked out of the way. When water drains into the pit and reaches a certain level, a switch will activate the pump. The pump will begin to channel the water out of the basement via a pipe to the outside, where it can be deposited far enough from the foundation that it won’t seep back in again. Sump pumps can handle groundwater seepage over time, as well as plumbing and weather-related leaks. Powerful pumps may also be able to remove standing flood waters.
Additional Basement Waterproofing Features
Depending on your specific wet basement issues, a basement contractor might recommend basement waterproofing solutions to supplement your new pump. For instance, if your basement floor is perfectly level, you may need to have a drain system installed to channel the water toward the pump. You can also have a French drain installed around the perimeter of your foundation to help prevent water from seeping in in the first place. If you have a problem with humidity in the air, your basement contractor might recommend that you install a dehumidifier to collect and get rid of airborne moisture. Dehumidification is just as important for basement health and safety as dealing with leaks.
Battery Backup Sump Pumps
Unfortunately, one of the times you’re most likely to deal with basement flooding-during a major rainstorm-is also a time you’re likely to experience a power outage. When you install a sump pump, ask about getting a battery backup unit, as well. Battery backup sump pumps are programmed to pick up the slack when the main pump is overwhelmed or offline, and can mark the difference between a damp basement and a major catastrophe.
Basement waterproofing and water removal is almost always a multi-step process. The process can vary based on your space, your property, and your geographical location, among other factors. Hiring a professional basement contractor to come up with a customized plan for your needs-including sump pump replacement is the best way to ensure that your basement stays dry, safe, and healthy going forward.