Flooded Basement

Flooded Basement If your basement is suddenly flooded, or you have recently experienced a flooded basement, then you know the damage that it can cause, financially and emotionally. Even a small amount of water in the basement can turn out to be a very expensive problem to fix, both in the pumping out of the water, and removal of objects damaged by the water (e.g. floors, carpeting, furniture). Even one inch of water in the basement can take days to clean and to deal with the associated damaged caused by it. Installing a sump pump to remove water in and surrounding your basement may be your best defense to prevent future basement water problems.

What causes basement flooding and what can I do to minimize the possibility that I will have this problem. Basement flooding is causes by soil with a high percentage of water saturation that runs from one or more sides of a home's foundation and makes its way into your basement. Concrete and stone foundations can never really be completely water proof, and water will manage to bypass the foundation one way or the other. The water may seep though the smallest cracks in the foundation's walls and floors, or it may just be absorbed through the walls and cause high moisture levels in the air. As long as the water saturation in the soil around the foundation remains high, your home will be at risk for a water problem. A sump pump in hand can reduce the water table immediately surrounding your foundation, to a level below the bottom section (floor) of the foundation. A sump pump siphons water from the lowest level of the basement or foundation before the water level reaches the basement floor level. The sump pump pumps water from a sump pit that has been drilled and dug down into the basement floor. Either through rains or an increase in the saturation of the soil, the groundwater rises towards the surface of the soil and your basement begins to be surrounded with a soil saturated with water. As the groundwater rises, the sump pit begins to collect and fill with water. A sensor connected to the sump pump detects a rise in the level of water in the sump pit and it triggers an automatic sump pump to begin pumping water until the water level in the sump pit is lowered to a certain level. An automatic sump pump is triggered into action when the water reaches what is called "the critical level."

Where does the water that is pumped out of the sump pit go? It depends on the building codes in your area and what type of system you want to build for your basement waterproofing needs. Generally, the sump pump propels water through a pipe that leads far enough away from the foundation so that it's not just recycled back into the soil immediately surrounding your foundation. The quality of your property may be sustained with a sump pump system that keeps your basement air and floor dry. Examples of sump pump manufacturers include Armstrong, Taco Zoeller, Little Giant, Grundfros, and EBARA Pumps.