Sump Pump: what is it and how does it work?

Sump Pump: what is it and how does it work? A sump pump is able to drop the depth of the water table to below the lowest level of your basement. Water will not be able to seem into the basement if it is not there at all. The first step of the sump pump installation process is cutting a hole through the concrete floor, and then excavating down further into the ground. The excavated concrete and earth below the basement is removed. The excavated area is often referred to as a sump pit. Next a sump pump is either placed on the basement floor, next to the sump pit, or in the bottom of the sump pit itself. Sump pumps that go in the sump pit are called submersible sump pumps. Sump pumps, when working successfully, keep the water level and soil saturated with water, below the top of the sump pit where the bottom of the foundation begins. In some homes with heavy rains and perpetually high water tables, the disruption in flow of some of mere minutes may be enough to raise the water table over bottom of the foundation, and cause water problems.

How does the water get into the sump pit. Water, as a result of rains or runoff from a higher elevation, has to go somewhere. Depending on the extent of rain you get or your home geographic location, the rain may trickle down, slip into the soil and around the perimeter of your basement. Heavy rains and high concentrations of water can contribute to thousands and thousands of gallons of water that travels down the basement walls, and the water has to go somewhere. The water around your home will saturate the soil, causing the buildup of water pressure around your home. The buildup of water pressure (hydrostatic pressure) makes the water push in and out because it has already saturated the soil below it, and due to gravity, it can't go back up. The saturated soil then begins to press against the foundation walls, because it wants to put all this water somewhere. Your house may then be susceptible to leaks, no matter how young it is, and how well it was built.

Cleaning your water-damaged of flooded home. Has water pour into your basement because of a water leak in one of the upper floors, or due to water seeping through the walls of the basement. If you do have puddles to inches of water in your basement, you are going to want to pump it our as quickly as you can, and fix the damage caused by it. If you have a water problem, you should act quickly to deal with it quickly, because the longer you take to eliminate the water, the more likely it will be that you could have a toxic mold problem. Once you have removed the water from the basement, either with pumps, or dry-vacs/windows, you are going to have to manage or remove items still in the home wet from water. The 4 key steps to cleaning most household products after a flood are clean, disinfect, dry, and remove (if necessary). If household items can't be disinfected after being cleaned and dried, then they should be removed from the home and safely disposed of.