If you are experiencing heavy rains and noticed that your sump pump isn’t working like it should, it may be time for a replacement. Ensuring that this major basement or crawl space appliance is in good working order prevents future water damage and flooding in your home. When you have a sump pump malfunction, it becomes much more likely that the base of your home will flood whenever it rains or heavy snowfall begins to melt on your lawn. This will cause serious damage to the walls, floors, foundation and any belongs you may store in this area of your home.
Most homeowners have sumps installed in their home, but might not really know how they work. By understanding how these units work, it will help determine whether your system is working like it should. Sump pumps are installed in the lowest lying area in a basement or crawl space over a pit or basket in the ground. Drains designed to collect water are installed under your home and then directed into the sump pit. Once the collected water reaches a certain level in the pit, the sump pump sends it out to a safe distance away from your home.
If you are experiencing any of the warning signs below, you may have a broken unit that should be replaced immediately:
- Constantly running but not moving any water
- Leaks form around pit or basket
- Unit isn't coming on at all
- Noticeable water is sitting above the designated level in the pit indicating it needs to be pumped out
- Basement or crawl space still floods on a regular basis
SafeBasements™ Sump Pump
Our sump pumps are specially-designed to be energy efficient and to work together with all of our basement waterproofing products, including SafeEdge™, SafeDrain™, and SafeTrack™. These pumps drain water away from basement walls, control erosion, improve indoor air quality in your home, and even stop radon gas from seeping inside. In addition, they also help lower the water table under the floor and around your home eliminating the need for a basement dehumidifiers.
The sumps are carefully installed with a clear, see-thru cover allowing for easy inspection of the unit and pit. Everything is sealed, which helps prevent dangerous soil gasses from making their way your family's home. As you can see, our waterproofing systems really can do it all.
Our state of the art sumps also come with the option of a backup system that comes in handy in the event of a power outage or main pump failure during a storm. The switch-over to the backup is automatic, so you won't have to worry about flipping switches or buttons to keep your system going.
Sump Pump Maintenance Instructions
For more information about maintaining your sump pump, you can download the checklist here: Sump Pump Maintenance Instructions or you can watch the informational video here: Sump Pump Controller Video