There are different ways to waterproof your basement, but depending on the configuration of your property and other factors, your choices may be limited. For instance, installing an exterior drainage system or altering the slope of the land might not be possible if large machinery can't access your lot easily. Installing a sump pump in the basement is almost always possible, and it's one way to be sure your basement stays dry. The sump pump is installed at the lowest point in your home and connected to an interior drain system so water is pumped out before it has a chance to flood your basement. Here are some things to know about choosing a sump pump for your basement:
Choose The Right Horsepower
You can buy a sump pump from the plumber or waterproofing contractor you hire to install it or you can buy your own and let a contractor install it. Buying your own might save money if you can find a good sale, but you'll need to make sure you buy the type of pump that works best for your needs. One important thing you'll want to check is how far the pump can move water. Measure the height from the pump to the outlet drain so you're sure to buy a pump with enough horsepower to pump water up and out of your basement.
Select The Type Of Pump And Pit
You'll have other options too, such as buying a submersible pump or a pedestal pump that stays out of the water. The pit that holds the pump can be made from plastic or metal and the pump can run on electricity or batteries. You may also want to consider a dual-pump system that uses an electrically-powered pump for routine use and one that is battery powered as a backup in case the power fails during a storm.
Different options affect the price of the pump. If you need a pump on a budget, then a pedestal pump with a plastic basin might be the way to go. The tradeoff is the increased noise from a pump that is above the ground and a potential risk of overheating in a plastic pit. Your contractor can help you choose the right pump based on how often you think it will turn on and how much water it is expected to move.
Think About The Type Of Alarm You Want
One other consideration is the type of alarm system on the pump. A basic alarm sounds when the pump fails, but you can also buy a pump with advanced alarm features that notify you by phone when the pit fills with water and the pump doesn't turn on. The alarm can even be sent to an alarm monitoring service if you use one.
Once the contractor has your sump pump installed, you'll want to check it regularly by filling the pit with water to make sure the pump turns on, empties water, and then turns off. It's a good idea to do this right before the rainy season begins so you know your basement will be protected during heavy rains.
Contact a company like Stan Young Drainage for more information and assistance.