Having a flooded basement, or even a damp one, can lead to all sorts of problems. In the presence of moisture, mold begins to grow and thrive. Mold releases airborne spores that can contaminate the air in your home and make you sick. These can cause respiratory problems, especially when a person already suffers from asthma.
Water in the basement can also lead to rot, destroy any possessions you have stored down there and even compromise your home’s structural integrity. Luckily, there are plenty of waterproofing methods that can keep your basement in Huntsville, AL nice and dry. When this area is properly protected from any water damage, it can be converted into an additional living space.
A sump pump is the heart of the waterproofing system as it is designed to quickly remove large volumes of water from the basement. The common misconception about sump pumps is that they can be installed in any part of the basement. However, they are most effective when they are in the lowest part of the floor. A specialist can easily determine where this spot should be by using a laser level. When the location is decided, a sump pit is created. Some homeowners believe that a sump pump on its own can collect the water and pump it out of the house. However, the sump pit is the one that collects water.
The Size of the Sump Pit
A sump pit is a basin in the floor that needs to be properly sized. Otherwise, the sump pump won’t be able to achieve its optimal performance. If the pit is the right size, the sump pump will need to run less often and more efficiently. The pump will wait until the water in the pit reaches a certain level to turn on, so it will be able to remove more water at once. Running this way can prolong the sump pump’s lifespan.
Keep in mind that the basin needs to be large enough so you can place an additional sump pump in it or a battery backup sump pump. Otherwise, when additional equipment is added, no space will be left for water to collect. On the other hand, if the pit is too big, it can go too deeply into the ground and pump out water that is found far below your home. Therefore, a sump pump will work much longer and use more electricity to remove water that wouldn’t harm your home in the first place.
Debris in the Pump
Just like any other appliance in your home, the sump pump also needs maintenance to work properly. Homeowners often do not realize how much damage loose silt, small gravel, and other types of debris can cause to their sump pumps. If they get sucked in, they can ruin the motor in your pump and make it useless. Therefore, professionals will place a liner in the hole before installing the pump. This liner protects the device from mud and debris.
Also, the pit needs to be closed with an airtight, moisture-proof lid. Otherwise, you would have an exposed hole filled with water in your basement, which can cause the moisture levels to increase. Since the main purpose of the sump pit is to remove water from the home, ensuring that the water stays in the basin is essential. Also, an open pit in the basement can be a huge safety hazard. Children and pets can easily fall into the sump pit if it is not covered and pests can use the unprotected sump pit as their water source. The risk of a pet or a child falling into the sump pit is lower in crawl spaces.
The Float Switch Issues
A float switch is in charge of letting the pump know when to stop running. However, it needs to have enough space so it can correctly detect the levels in the pit and turn off the sump pump when the water level becomes too low. This is another reason the size of the pit matters so much. If the float does not switch off the pump, the motor can burn up.
Testing the Sump Pump System
Now and then, you should make sure that your pump is working correctly. You can do this by pouring a bucket of water into the pit.
If everything is in order, the float will activate the pump and the level of water will slowly drop until the float drops back down below the shut-off level and turns the pump off. However, to be sure that your sump pump is in perfect order, it is best to call your local waterproofing expert and have them take a look at it.
Testing the pump is essential since it can allow you to determine if something is wrong with your pump on time and help you avoid much bigger problems.
If you wish to waterproof your basement and install a sump pump, contact AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists and ask about the AquaStop Triple and the AquaStop Sump Pump System. In standard situations, the AquaStop Triple has a powerful sump pump that works at the lowest level. When large volumes of water need to be pumped out, a second more powerful pump activates. If there is a blackout, a battery backup sump pump will make sure that the pump is still working.
On the other hand, the AquaStop Sump Pump System is a more economical solution that can keep your basement dry. It features a powerful sump pump and can be installed together with the battery backup sump pump.
Contact our professionals today and schedule a free inspection and quote.