Sump pumps are a great way to make sure basement is waterproof. Here are a few things to consider when buying one and how they work.

A sump pump is a great investment. It is able to move a lot of water away from your home in a short amount of time. It works by collecting water in the ground outside your home and pumping it somewhere else. Water that gathers underground is captured with a pipe that extends underneath your homes foundation or a sump basin with holes in the side to allow water in. A pump activates when the water level in the basin reaches a certain height. When a nasty storm rolls in, the water-table level rises. A sump pump prevents the water table from coming up too far, thus stopping water in its tracks.

Like any mechanical device, sump pumps need maintenance. It’s typical to inspect the sump and pump at least once a year. In more weather afflicted areas, the sump and pump should be inspected more frequently. Nobody wants to find out that their sump pump is broken after the see a flooded basement. Dirt and debris should be removed from the sump to increase efficiency and prolong the life of the pump. Valves and switches that are essential for the pump to function properly can be blocked or break if not routinely checked.

Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing has been installing sump pumps in basements and crawl spaces for over 50 years. If you're concerned about water in your basement, call Mid-Atlantic to schedule your free home inspection and estimate.