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Sump Pump Failure

May 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

It’s that time of year again where things are melting and the precipitation is changing from snow to rain. We have been waiting for things to start warming up for a long time now. During this time of year water sometimes has difficulty traveling where we want it to go. Water will find the lowest point and follow the path of least resistance. In many cases that means basements. Do you have a sump pump?

If you have a sump pump you should check that it is working properly and that the line going outside is directing the water away from the building and that it is not just recycling the water back into the basement. Insurance companies do sell sump pump coverage and if you have a sump pump, it would be worth talking with your agent about that coverage. Sump pumps can fail for a few reasons. If the power goes out during a storm the pump cannot turn on and the water level will rise. If the pump is old or has been working constantly through repeatedly wet weather the motor could burn up. Some people counter act these problems by backup batteries for power failure, water sensors that sound an alarm when the floor gets wet, or backup or secondary sump pump.

Water flowing into a basement could be coming from many possible access points. Water can flow in through cracks in the flooring or walls or through bolts and anchors that penetrate the concrete. Water could be directed to these points of access by either poor landscaping or down spout not directed far enough away from the side of a building.

Finished and unfinished basements can become problematic if water cannot be routed properly away from the basement. If drywall, sill plates, carpet, furniture, storage boxes get wet from water seeping into the basement it is extremely important to get it dried properly to allow further enjoyment of this space. If the problem is left unfixed the opportunity for bacterial growth increases drastically. Many people also use basements just for storage. In our eyes, one of the best things that can be done with storing things in a basement (or anywhere) is to put them in plastic totes or bins to keep water out. If you have a lot to put in a room, installing shelving to keep things off the floor can prevent more things from being damaged by water.

Most people are familiar with the “musty basement” smell. This smell is quite often linked to bacterial growth. To prevent things from growing in a damp environment is to run a ceiling fan or oscillating fans constantly . Air movement allows for moisture to evaporate. Running a dehumidifier to pick up the evaporated moisture will allow for a basement to feel more comfortable and it will prevent mold growth from occurring. If mold does not have moisture it cannot grow.

If you have a concern about water in your basement or other moisture problems give us a call.

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