The sump pump is one of the most important parts of a basement waterproofing system. If you have noticed that your sump pump isn't working like it should, it may be time for a replacement. It is important to keep this major basement or crawl space appliance in good working order because it helps to keep water out and away from underneath your home. When it isn't functioning like normal, it becomes much more likely that the base of your home will flood whenever it rains or you have melting snow on your lawn. This is going to cause serious damage to your walls, floors, or to anything you may have kept in this area of your home.
A lot of homeowners have sumps installed under their home, but they might not really know how they work. Understanding these units will help you to better determine whether it's working like it should or not. A sump pump is typically installed in the lowest lying area under a home in a basement or crawl space. It will be set up over a pit or basket which is in the ground. Drains from under the home designed to collect water will be directed into the pit. Once water in this pit reaches a certain level, it will be sent out and away from the home to a safe distance away.
If you notice and of the following with your sump, then you likely have a broken unit that will need to be replaced immediately:
Constanty 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
These sump pumps are specially-designed to be very energy efficient. They have the ability to be installed together with our other basement waterproofing products, including Safe Edge™, Safe Drain™, and Safe Track™. These pumps will be able to drain water away from the basement walls, lower the water table under the floor and around the home, eliminate the need for basement dehumidifiers, control erosion, improve indoor air quality in your home, and even stop Radon gas from seeping inside.
The sumps are installed carefully with a seal and cover that prevents dangerous soil gasses from making their way up and into your family's home. As you can see, these waterproofing systems really can do it all. All of our sump pumps come with a clear lid for easy inspection, as well.
These sealed, state of the art sumps can also be installed with backup systems. The backups will come in handy in case the power ever goes out, or if the main pump stops working for whatever reason. The switch-over to the backup is automatic, so you won't need to worry about flipping any switches or hitting any buttons.