Basement flooding is a lot of things – and all of them bad. It’s expensive. It can be dangerous if it’s not dealt with immediately. And, it causes stress – a lot of stress.
Especially if the basement is finished. Wet insulation, wet sheetrock and humidity can cause mold and mildew, which can cause serious illness. Wet framing is a concern because it can cause structural damage that can greatly increase plumbing repair bills, sometimes by thousands of dollars.
The best way to avoid large plumbing service bills that are a result of flooding is to prevent the problem in the first place through preventive checkup and maintenance. A sump pump should help keep normal amounts of rainfall from building up in the basement. In fact, though, most flooded basements are due to sump pumps that have failed or otherwise can’t handle the amount and flow of water. Mister Plumber insures there will always be a back-up pump available. As long as the sump pump tank has an opening in the lid, the sump pump will act like a floor drain and keep the water from rising, unless there’s something wrong with the sump pump.
In fact, most flooded basements are due to faulty sump pumps. Yes, power outages sometimes contribute to flooding, but the majority of basement flooding is caused by sump pumps that have failed or otherwise can’t handle the amount and flow of water.
Basement flooding is preventable
To take action toward prevention, thereby avoiding plumbing repairs and bills, it is a good idea to keep handy this list of things that can disable a sump pump:
* Tripped circuit breaker: If too many appliances are connected to one circuit, there’s a risk of tripping the electrical circuit breaker. Use one circuit for just the sump pump. And, make sure to protect the outlet with a ground fault interrupter.
* Faulty switch: The sump pump’s switch might be stuck against the side of the basin. Or, debris might be caught in the switch. Be sure to inspect the switch to make sure it’s connected and free of material that can clog it.
* Frozen drainage pipe: Those who live in a cold climate should check the drainage pipe located outside their home because it might be frozen. Installing a stop that redirects the drainage so water exits the house before reaching the frozen pipe should prevent problems.
* Clogged screen: Sump pumps have a small screen the water flows through. If the screen is clogged, the water won’t flow through properly and the basement could flood.
Also, it is a very good idea to install a quiet check valve – just in the interest of keeping the house quiet. Though it doesn’t indicate a malfunction in your sump pump and therefore doesn’t require a plumbing service call, the water hammering noise sump pumps produce can be very annoying.
Basement flooding can be very expensive, and it certainly is a very big headache. It is also preventable. Being proactive by knowing what problems to look for in sump pumps currently in use and by becoming educated about alternative systems with backup systems is advisable.
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