Water In The Basement? Check Your Sump Pump

Your sump pump is supposed to keep your basement's floor free of water and moisture. But if water covers your basement's floor, check your sump pump for problems. Debris can block your sump pump, or the pump itself might have a problem to repair. Here are some possible causes of your wet basement floor and what you can do about them.

What's Wrong With Your Sump Pump?

Sump pumps play invaluable roles in keeping homes safe and dry after heavy rains and flooding. But over the years, pumps can experience a host of issues that make them less functional and safe, including clogs. Your sump pump could simply be clogged with debris.

A clogged pump can't contain and remove water properly. If debris settles inside the pump, it can prevent the float switch from regulating the pump. The float switch, drainage lines, and other electrical parts of the pump can also be compromised or damaged. Water can quickly build up in your basement and damage its foundation. Mold and mildew can also grow in the room over time. All of these issues make your home unsafe.

To avoid problems in your basement and home, have your sump pump checked and repaired.

How Do You Fix Your Sump Pump?

The first thing you want to do is have a contractor inspect your sump pump. A contractor can remove the covering from the pump and examine it for clogs. If unclogging the pump doesn't work, a contractor may try cleaning the pump. A good cleaning removes debris stuck inside the pump's pipes and lines.

A contractor may also check the pipes connected to the pump to see if they collapsed or cracked during the cold season. A frozen line can keep water from passing through it. These issues allow dirt, leaves, and pests to enter the drainage system over time. The debris may back up inside the pump and keep it from draining or containing water.

After a contractor repairs your sump pump, keep it operational with routine inspections. You want to monitor the water level inside the pump during your inspections. If the water level is too high or spills out of the pump, contact a contractor for services. A contractor can tell you what to look for in the water level.

Also, maintain the soil and plants around your basement throughout the year. If the soil or plants become too saturated with water, consider placing a barrier between these things and your basement's foundation. You want to reduce the amount of moisture around your basement as possible.

To learn more about your sump pump and why's it's clogged, contact a basement waterproofing contractor.