Do I Need A Sump Pump


Find out if you need a sump pump

The following questions will help you determine if you need a sump pump.

  • Do you live in a flood plain area?
  • Has the city or township indicated the elevation of the area where you live is low?
  • Are there any hills close to the house slopping down toward the house?
  • Is the water table level high in your area?
  • Have your neighbors complained about water seepage in their basement?
  • Does your house sit lower than the houses around you?
  • Does the ground around your house slope down toward the house?
  • Is there an underground spring close to the house?
  • Do you have a paved area close to the house that slops downward to the house?
  • Is there an irrigation system discharging too much water next to the house?
  • Is the basement damp?
  • Have you noticed any damp areas along the walls?
  • Is there any seepage anywhere in the basement?

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What damage is caused by a wet basement?

The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that 60 percent of U.S. homes have wet basements, and 38 percent run the risk of basement mold.

Once water finds its way into a basement, the problem gets worse with time. Moisture, water and humidity damage flooring, drywall and framing. Damage is costly to repair.

In addition, mold grows easily in wet areas. Mold spores filter through the air and become a serious health issue especially for those who have allergies.



What can you do about a wet basement?

ThisOldHouse.com calculated when it rains, a house with a 1,500-square-foot roof sheds 1,000 gallons of water for every inch of falling rain. That is a lot of water running down close to the foundation.

You can channel the rain to run away from the house using several means.
  • Slope the soil around the foundation so the water runs away from the foundation.
  • Use long downspouts causing the water from the roof to run at least ten feet from the house.
  • Install a sump pump drainage system around the foundation. Water will seep through the ground into the drain tile and run into the sump pit. The sump pump will push the water from the pit out and away from the house. The discharge hose outside the house through which the sump pit water is pumped should be at least twenty feet from the foundation. Further is better.

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Take action today.

  1. Check your downspout extensions. Add more length.
  2. Find out if you can add more soil around the foundation to slope the flow of rain away from the house. If so, do it before water causes more damage to your basement.
  3. Do you have a sump pump drainage system? If not, call three local plumbing companies today and get some quotes on installation. Ask your neighbors for references. Select a local plumbing company to install a drainage system. Fixing the problem is cheaper that repairing the foundation and overcoming health problems because of mold.
  4. If you need a sump pump, check out the pump reviews by comparison below. Find the pump most suited for your needs at lowest prices.  Buy an extra pump.  And by all means install a backup sump pump

Here's how to review by comparison over 300 sump pumps.

  • Select the sump pump type and feature you wish to compare (review) in the quick search provided below.
  • Review the search results.

Discover the best pump, lowest prices and free shipping.  

Find the best pump selection for your pumping needs today. 

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