Need to Know:
- Sump pumps are designed to prevent groundwater from entering your basement or crawl space.
- Battery back-up sump pumps are always recommended for power outages and primary pump failures.
- Sump pumps often have interior french drain systems that direct groundwater from other parts of the basement or crawl space to the pump.
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One of the most cost-effective and reliable ways to protect your home and belongings from water damage – especially in your basement or crawl space – is through the installation of a home sump pump system.
What is a sump pump?
Sump pumps and sump wells are typically located in subterranean locations of your home such as basements and crawl spaces. Sump pumps are designed to push water from the basement or crawl space up and outside, relieving the hydrostatic pressure your basement or crawl space floor is experiencing.
A water sump pump system is designed to prevent flooding in basements and crawl spaces by managing the sub-floor water. Sump pumps systems are installed in a sump pump well and are responsible for discharging the under-slab water that collects to a location outside of the home. Oftentimes, there is a drainage system installed with the sump pump that connects to the sump pump well. This “interior french drain” or “sub floor water pressure relief system” directs water gathering underneath the floor to the sump pump well in order to be discharged away from the home. This can be referred to as a sump pump system.
Do I need a sump pump?
If you have a basement or a crawl space, a sump pump AND drainage system are highly recommended in order to prevent water from damaging your basement, foundation, furnishings, and personal belongings. The vast majority of foundations will experience basement seepage within the first 10 years of their existence, and because of this, newly-built homes are often required to include a sump pump or sump pump system as part of the original construction. Unfortunately, sump pump systems put in by the builder during new construction often fail due to haphazard installation and the use of inferior materials and techniques. These foundation companies are not basement waterproofing professionals. Value Dry has many customers that choose to have us install our sump pump and drainage systems during initial construction in order to avoid future problems.
Do I need a battery back-up system?
Value Dry always recommends that a battery back up sump pump system be installed whenever we put in a sump pump or sump system. Installing a battery backup sump pump will give you an added level of protection against water damage not only during heavy storms, when power outages are likely to occur, but also in the event of primary sump pump failure.
For example, if there is a power outage, the homeowner will often not realize that anything is wrong until there is water overflowing from the sump well onto the basement or crawl space floor. Battery back-up sump pump systems help you avoid this potential issue because the battery back-up system will alarm you that it has engaged and has started to pump water during a power outage. Although this is not a fail-safe because the battery life varies due to water volume and length of the outage, battery back-up sump pumps often save homeowners from flooding during power outages.
In addition, if you find that your battery back-up sump pump has engaged and you have NOT lost power to your home, it means that something is probably wrong with your primary sump pump and you should have it inspected or replaced. Value dry’s pump warranties and quick sump pump installation help to ensure your basement is kept safe during primary sump pump failures.
If you’re interested in getting a new sump pump installation, would like an inspection of an existing sump pump, or have interest in adding a battery backup sump pump to your existing sump pump give us a call at (888) 768-2583 or fill out the inquiry form on this page and our office will contact you to schedule a free inspection.