Lowering the Water Table to Below Your Home Foundation

Lowering the Water Table to Below Your Home Foundation Sump pumps may be connected to sanitary sewer lines, but this practice may be illegal in some areas. You should check with your municipal bylaws or local building codes before making this connection from your sump pump before going down this road. You may still be responsible for this configuration if you have bought a home with this existing configuration. This influx of water may overwhelm the resources and volume of water entering municipal treatment systems. Fines may be imposed for people who have sump pumps feeding water into municipal storm drains or sewage treatment systems. If you have a sump pump configuration in noncompliance with existing codes, you should make the necessary modifications. Many homeowners inherit sump pump systems that are noncompliant unknowingly, and may not realize it. If you are buying a home with an existing sump pump system, make sure to ask the necessary questions, and get the appropriate paperwork if available. Here is one way of knowing the pump is in noncompliance. The ground water pumped by the sump pump is likely going to the sewer lines if the discharge is few to a deep sink in the basement. If you can seek piping from the sump pump leading through the wall and outside the house, it is likely discharging water at another end of your own property.

Sump pumps are powered by an electrical cable directly into an electrical outlet in your basement. The electricity from a local electrical outlet is the sump pump's primary form of electricity, though some sump pumps are also equipped with an battery backup that automatically activates in the event of a power failure. Some sump pumps do not require battery backups or electricity, as they are powered by the home's pressurized water supply. It is beneficial and safe to have a waterproofing configuration that includes a sump pump with battery backup, as well as a backup sump pump, because even one incident could cause lasting water damage if something goes wring and the pump stops working in a flood or severe storm. A sump pit may overflow if there is a prolonged power outage and it is not constantly pumped.

Pedestal sump pumps and submersible sump pumps are the two main categories of pump models. Pedestal sump pumps are mounted above the sump pit, on the floor, near the sump pit. The pedestal models are easy to access, service and replace, but they are conspicuous and do take up more space in the basement than submersibles. The submersible pump is mounted into the base of the sump pit, and its interior motor and electrical lines are waterproofed and sealed to resist corrosion and electrical short circuits.

Sump pump systems may be beneficial to the safety and structural integrity of both residential houses, residential apartment buildings, and commercial properties with high water pressure levels around the foundations. Building structures with high water tables (where the soil is heavily saturated with water above the base of the foundation) may become structurally unsound, or prone to the development of cracks and leaks in their foundations.

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