What Should My Sump Pump Be Doing?

Some people don’t even know what their sump pump is doing in the first place. When you have a sump pump in the basement, you’re using it for several different things. Here’s how a sump pump works for you.

  • Avoiding Overflow and Other Types of Standing Water

A sump pump can help your home avoid overflow, which could be a huge problem. Overflow typically happens when your basement has some sort of plumbing system and an issue with the pipes causes your basement plumbing to back up. This can be more of a problem in basements than in other areas because they tend to have a lot of water pressure to contend with. A sump pump will pump out any overflow water.

Ideally, you should always have as little standing water in the basement as possible. That means you want to be able to stop the collection of standing water as it occurs. There are ways to pump water out of your basement without using a standing sump pump. However, a sump pump will pump water out of your basement essentially as a standing order.

  • Waterproofing the Basement

In general, the waterproofing process requires a variety of steps. You need to make sure you’re avoiding water coming from inside and outside of the basement. Waterproofing isn’t always easy to do, which is exactly why a sump pump can be so wholly beneficial in this complicated process. However, it’s only a part of the process.

Basement waterproofing requires more than just a sump pump. You’re likely going to need a crawl space vapor barrier, you might need a dehumidifier, and you could require crawl space vent covers. A sump pump will be just one element of a full basement waterproofing system that helps you avoid water concerns.

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