Potential Problems in Your Sump Pump System
Your sump pump is the Achilles heel when it comes to waterproofing your basement. If it goes down, you may soon find your ping pong table floating in a lake. Keep ahead of the rising water. Here’s what you should watch out for when it comes to sump pump systems.
Sump Pump Power
Make sure your sump pump has enough power so it won’t fail you in the worse rainstorms. It needs to be able to handle high volumes of water, because when it rains it pours. Don’t wait until you’ve got an emergency to realize you’re over your head.
Clogged or Frozen Pipes Can Cause Backup
Watch out for clogged intake pipes. This will prevent the pump from extracting water from the sump pump and could leave you under water.
In cold weather, watch out for a frozen discharge line. This will cut off the outtake of your pump, forcing it to come back into the basement.
Installing a cheap sump pump may be tempting, but remember that the value of your basement is likely worth far more than you’ll save by installing a cheaper system. Cheap systems can be prone to sump pump burn out due to inexpensive components. Always install a quality system you’re willing to trust the basement rec room too. Talk to Environmental Doctors in Dayton, Ohio for the best systems. We’d be glad to help.