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Keeping Your Basement Dry

Posted On: May 05, 2016
Keeping your basement dry

A sump pump is a basement and crawl space’s best defense against flooding. Flooding is considered to be the second largest natural disaster. Since 1970, there have been 117 flash floods documented here in Minnesota. Don’t put your home and family at risk.

One inch of water is enough to cause damage to your home and furnishings. Studies show that 90% of all basements will experience a problem at some time with water penetration, and something as simple as a sump pump could have prevented it.

A sump pump’s job is to help prevent flooding and keep the area under the home dry. A sump pump is essentially a small pump installed in the lowest part of the basement or crawlspace.

Most sump pumps turn on automatically through a float activator arm or a pressure sensor. As the sump pit fills with water, the sump pump will turn on and begin removing excess water to prevent flooding.

A sump pump not only keeps the basement dry, it also:

  • Gives you peace of mind. Less worrying about the weather outside.
  • Helps prevent rust and corrosion of metal appliances.
  • Helps control the humidity level in the basement.
  • Keeps your foundation dry.
  • Helps prevent termite and insect infestation.

If you suspect that you have moisture coming into your basement there is a quick test you can perform before you call a plumber. Follow the steps below.

  • Cut a 12×12 inch piece of plastic wrap.
  • Place the 12×12 inch piece of plastic wrap onto a part of the basement wall.
  • Seal the edges of the plastic wrap with tape.
  • Check the plastic for the next few days, noting when moisture appears.
  • If moisture appears on the side of the plastic that faces the open room, that indicates dampness.

For more information on sump pumps contact us. We can install any sump pump and also offer a time-tested, high quality line of Pro Series sump pumps to fit all your needs. We dig the pit and install the sump pump as well as install the discharge piping.

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