Sump Pump Installation in Baltimore
Storm Waterproofing’s Basement Waterproofing Services
Storm Waterproofing provides the solution to chronically-flooded basements, and we can attest to the virtues of sump pump installation. Over 60 percent of American homes suffer from regular below-ground wetness. Unfortunately, basement or crawlspace flooding threatens the stability of your home’s foundation. It’s best to act quickly to mitigate the damage. We install the equipment homeowners need to prevent large amounts of pooled water during heavy rainstorms. We’re a family-owned and -operated waterproofing company who understands homeowners’ need for stability and dryness in their basement. If you think a sump pump can help you, give our team a call. We can inspect your foundation and determine whether a sump pump is the best move going forward.
What You Can Expect from Your Sump Pump
Sump pumps are remarkably efficient machines, and Storm Waterproofing understands where to place them to get the best results. So, how do sump pumps work? They’re straightforward to operate, and homeowners won’t have trouble running them. To install a sump pump, we dig a hole with a gravel base about two feet deep and 18 inches wide in the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace. Then, we attach a discharge pipe, which carries excess water outside and away from the foundation. From there, the sump pump takes over:
- As water fills the basin, the sump pump turns on through a float activator arm or a pressure sensor.
- Then, it begins moving liquid out of the pit through the pipes we installed by using either a centrifugal or impeller pump.
- Sump pumps also contain a one-way valve found on the exterior of your property, which prevents the water from coming back into the home.
Sump Pumps Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Should you install a sump pump? It depends; some homes benefit more from some of our other services. However, if we determine a sump pump will help prevent rainwater from flooding your basement, then you can rely on it to provide you with a host of benefits, including:
No More Mad Dash to Save Your Belongings
Basement flooding prevents homeowners from keeping valuable items in the basement, makes doing laundry tricky, and prevents them from finishing the basement. While installing a sump pump won’t address how water enters your basement, it will prevent large-scale flooding.
Sump Pumps Prevent Sewage Backups
One byproduct of severely-flooded basements is the potential to interfere with your house’s plumbing systems. So, in addition to causing foundation damage, a sump pump-less basement can create expensive and inconvenient sewage backups, a problem only a plumber can resolve.
They Drive Down Basement-Level Humidity
Pooling water creates humidity. Do you ever wish your basement was more comfortable? Sometimes, installing a sump pump can remove floodwater and cut down on that overly sticky feeling when you use the basement for laundry or storage.
Installing One Can Reduce Mold and Mildew
Mold can work its way through the entirety of your home if you’re not careful. Mold forms in water, so installing a sump pump can be a no-brainer in the fight against both mold and mildew. While unfinished basements tend to always have a musty smell, you can dramatically cut down on the problem.
How to Maintain Your Sump Pump
Sump pumps require some maintenance to run effectively. Make sure your unit is plugged in and contains a battery backup. After all, there’s no use in owning a sump pump if it doesn’t work when a storm knocks out your power. There are some simple at-home tasks you can perform to ensure your sump pump is ready to work:
- Make sure you plug it into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). Regularly check the cord to ensure it remains in tip-top shape. You might have to reset your GFCI if the breaker tripped.
- The sump pump should always stand upright. If it leans, adjust its position, so it is vertical. Your sump pump vibrates as it operates, which can cause it to tip over.
- Test your sump pump by pouring a bucket of water into the pit. Make sure the water drains quickly. If it doesn’t, contact Storm Waterproofing immediately.
- Glean the grate on the bottom of the sump pump. You can do so by removing a submersible pump from the pit.
- Go outside and tug on the outlet pipes. They should be tightly secured. Also, be sure to confirm any water draining from the basement exits at least 20 feet from the foundation.
- Clear any debris from the vent hole in the discharge pipe.
Contact Storm Waterproofing to Schedule a Consultation
Storm Waterproofing has a reputation for delivering outstanding waterproofing services to our clients. Whether you require a sump pump to help you stay ahead of your frequently-flooding basement or you need something else, we can help. Investing in a sump pump is a great way to boost your home’s value. For instance, you can prevent wood rot, insect infestations, as well as electrical or fire hazards. Even if a sump pump isn’t right for you, our team offers a host of additional waterproofing services. We’re confident our basement waterproofing, foundation repair, and crawl space encapsulation services can address whatever problem you have. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Why Choose Us?
- We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured
- We have over 20 years of experience
- We offer free estimates
- We offer transferable lifetime guarantees
- We are built on 3 generations of basement waterproofing experience
- We offer 24/7 emergency service
- We use state-of-the-art waterproofing techniques