Cleaning up a flooded basement can seem like a daunting task. Even if you begin to remove the water right away, the process takes a long time, especially if you are using a bucket and a mop. By the time you have managed to dry out the basement, mold may have already found its way into your home. If your Columbus, OH, home has repeatedly suffered from water damage, we can help. With our waterproofing measures, your basement will become a clean and dry place you and your loved ones can safely use.
One of the most recommended solutions for a home that floods often is a sump pump. Its main purpose is to remove large amounts of water from the basement before it gets a chance to cause any harm. Our experts can install this device in the lowest part of the basement, where water collects. This way it will be most effective.
When our specialist detects the proper spot using a laser level, they can create a sump pit. The sump pit is in charge of collecting the water, while the pump gets to pump it out of the basement.
The Size of the Sump Pit
Let’s take a closer look at the sump pit. It is a basin on the floor, and it needs to be properly sized or otherwise, the sump pump won’t be able to perform well. It needs to be large enough so that a sump pump and an additional sump pump/battery backup can comfortably fit in there. If they take up all the space, there will be no space left for water to collect.
It is also not good if the sump pit is too big. In this case, it will go too deeply into the ground and the pump will work extra hard to pump out water that is located far below your home and is not even harming your basement in any way. The way that the sump pump works is quite simple. When the sump pit starts filling up with water, the pump will wait until the water reaches a certain level. Then the switch will turn on the pump and it will start pumping out the water.
Debris in the Pump
A sump pump requires regular maintenance, otherwise, it may malfunction. You would be surprised by the amount of loose silt, gravel, and other types of debris that could cause damage to your pump. When they get sucked in, they ruin the motor in the pump and you need to replace it. This is why it is necessary to remove all the debris. Here at Ohio Basement Authority, we can help ensure that your sump pump is clean and functioning properly. We can also make sure that your sump pit is covered with an airtight, moisture-proof lid. The well-being of your family always comes first and a lack of such a lid is a safety hazard for small children and pets.
Float Switch Issues
A float switch has an important role. It tells the sump pump when to stop running. If it malfunctions, the pump will not know when to stop working and will eventually burn out. One of the reasons why the float switch could malfunction is the lack of space. This fixture needs enough space in the pit to correctly detect the water levels in it and turn off the sump pump when they become too low. With Ohio Basement Authority, you can rest assured that the size of the sump pit will always be properly calculated, so such issues do not occur.
Testing the Sump Pump System
Every once in a while, it is important to make sure that your pump is working properly. That way, there will be no unpleasant surprises when the pump needs to activate. This doesn’t have to be one more chore on your busy schedule. Here at Ohio Basement Authority, we offer annual maintenance of your waterproofing system. You don’t need to spend time cleaning and servicing your pump because we will do everything for you. Our expert can come to your home, thoroughly inspect your sump pump and pit and service the system.
If you wish to keep your basement safe from water damage, contact the experts at Ohio Basement Authority and ask about our sump pumps. These pumps are made out of cast iron, so they are much less likely to overheat and fail like plastic sump pumps. They also feature a reliable float switch and are installed in a sump pit on a stand, so they are protected against silt and sediment that builds up on the bottom. Also, ask about a battery backup sump pump that will make sure that the pump keeps working even when there is a blackout.
Contact our experts today and schedule a free inspection and quote. A member of our team will come to your home, assess the situation, and recommend a suitable waterproofing solution for your basement.