How A Sump Pump And Drains Keep Your Basement Dry

Living in a home with a basement that's often wet and damp is frustrating and it can cause you to become unhappy with your home. A damp basement often causes a home to have a musty odor that you can't get rid of. Plus, you can't utilize the space for storage or as a place to work on your hobbies because the dampness can ruin your things. One possible solution to the problem is to have a sump pump installed. Here's how it can keep your basement dry.

A Sump Pump Works With Drains

When you have a sump pump put in, you'll probably need drains installed in the floor of your basement too. The contractor has to break up the concrete and make a small trench along one or more walls so the drain can be placed into the soil. The drain is lower than the foundation of your house so water falls in the drain before it can seep through the concrete and get the basement floor wet. These drains can catch water that flows under your house as well as water that comes through the walls due to hydrostatic pressure.

The Drains Send Water To A Well

The drains connect to a small well or pit that's placed in your basement. Water drains into it due to gravity, and it's held there until the level is high enough to trigger the sump pump to kick on and pump the water out of your basement and away from the house. Putting this system inside your house is less expensive and less disruptive than burying drains outside and you can feel confident if water approaches your house the sump pump system will take care of it so your basement stays dry.

The Sump Pump Sends Water Back Outside

The interior drainage system rests on the function of the sump pump. You can have different types of pumps installed such as a submersible pump or one that rests on the floor. A professional can help you choose the right pump based on how much water threatens your basement. However, you might want to consider a sump pump installation that has a battery backup so if power goes out the pump will continue working during a storm. Depending on how much rain you get, your sump pump might not work very often or it might run frequently.

It's a good practice to inspect the pump occasionally, but at the very least, you should check it once a year before the rainy season begins. If the well is dry, pour water into it to make sure the pump works like it should. Also, the pump will be plugged into a GFCI outlet and the outlet should be tested and reset as well. You may want to hire a professional to inspect and service your pump annually so it stays functional and is always ready for a heavy rainfall.