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Everything You Need to Know About Basement Backup Sump Pump

There are many reasons for installing sump pumps in the basement, and they all have to do with the condition of your basement’s water drainage system. Any basement water drainage system needs to be properly maintained. All sump pumps must be correctly installed, work properly, and leaks should be repaired immediately. Leaks can occur as a result of materials and activities in the basement wearing over time. In fact, most leaks can start right around window air conditioners or even along the floor which can be seen by the floor beginning to swell slightly.

Mold can cause a lot of problems in your home, especially in the long run, because it weakens and breaks down your foundation and wood framing. It also decreases the value of your home because mold causes the walls and wood framing to decay, making it more susceptible to further damage from rain, snow, and ice. Basement waterproofing also helps prevent your basement floor from swelling and cracking as it does after being soaked in water. A basement backup sump pump is also a viable option.

Why is sump pump maintenance important?

As with any system that functions in such a critical manner, it's important that regular maintenance and inspections be performed on a regular basis. Having a professional inspect your sump pump periodically will allow you to identify potential leaks, cracks, and other problems before they become a bigger issue that you don't want to deal with.

What are some pros and cons of basement waterproofing?

A key benefit of waterproofing your basement is that it's less expensive than many other basement improvement options. It can also protect things that you may store in the basement such as old photographs, board games, and other collectibles. A downside of basement waterproofing is that it's not as effective in some areas or climates. Basements in places where the temperature stays relatively constant between seasons can experience less than ideal results. Finally, basement waterproofing requires more work than some other alternatives, which can be an issue if you don't have the right manpower available in the first place.

Why is sump pump maintenance important?

A key benefit of a basement backup sump pump is that it protects your basement floor from any water damage caused by overflowing drains. While this is an obvious benefit, many homeowners neglect to consider the importance of keeping the sump pump working properly. Common problems include blockages caused by debris or tree roots, as well as issues caused by the pressure of the water causing it to leak. By properly maintaining the sump pump, you can avoid these issues and save money on basement waterproofing over the long run.

Is there a difference between basement waterproofing and sump pump maintenance?

While both processes will prevent water damage to the foundation, they are very different from one another. Basement waterproofing will usually just be used as a preventative measure to make sure your basement is safe for habitation. Sump pump repair, on the other hand, is usually necessary only after serious damage has been done. If your basement floods once in a while because of a broken sump pump, it's probably time to replace it.

Final Take

A sump pump is a great investment for your basement. Installed as part of the drainage system, it helps to keep water away from surfaces that may be susceptible to damage from wet conditions, like floors, walls, and foundations. Call 302-565-2929 for more information.

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