A well installed, properly functioning sump pump system can save you a lot of loss from water damage. When it comes to basement water intrusions, there are some important key considerations to keep in mind.
- Why do you have water coming in, anyway? There may be problems with the guttering or other drainage problems. Get help if you can’t figure it out.
- What’s the worst that can happen? Water intrusion can damage wall, bulge floors, and ruin floor coverings. Anything in your basement, such as appliances, or maybe your heating system, can be a total loss to water damage. It pays to keep that pump working.
- Can I do it myself? Maybe you can. If it’s just a mater of replacing a faulty pump, that may well be within your capabilities. But think hard before attempting a full installation of a sump pump system. That will mean knowing the local code restrictions and evaluating drainage requirements.
Any time you have water in your basement, there is a potential for a problem. While it can be normal and even inevitable in some situations, it is important to take water intrusion seriously. You can do a lot to insure proper operation of your pump through simple plumbing maintenance and good housekeeping. But when it comes to installation of such a vital system of home protection, it really is a good idea to contact a professional plumbing contractor. Your sump pump is too important to neglect.