If your basement has moisture problems, then you probably need to install a sump pump. Portland weather can be wet, with rain occurring during all seasons, and melting snow creating even more runoff in springtime. This kind of climate usually causes moist ground, resulting in moisture in parts of your home that are below ground. Dark, wet patches on the walls and standing water are signs that your basement needs better water management. Unfortunately, if you don’t address the problem promptly, you can wind up with far more serious issues, such as a rotting home structure and the health issues that can result from inhaling mold and mildew.
A Sump Pump Protects Your Basement from Water Damage
Fortunately, water issues in your basement can be quickly and easily solved by installing a sump pump. A sump pump is installed at the lowest point of the basement, usually in a so-called sump pit. Water runs downhill, so it naturally collects in the sump pit, at which point the sump pump turns on and pumps it out of the basement and away from the house through a drainage system. A well-installed and properly functioning sump pump is capable of handling a high volume of water, so even the worst rainstorm won’t result in water damage.
Installing a Sump Pump
If you know your basement needs better water management and you have to install a sump pump, even if you’re a seasoned DIYer, you’re best advised to call a professional plumber. The installation of a sump pump is quite complex and if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, you can cause damage to your home.
A professional plumbing service like the team at 3 Mountains Plumbing will know where to drill through the concrete in your basement to create a sump pit. They’ll also know how to correctly install the sump pump and connect it to your existing drainage system. So don’t wait until you’re wet: invest in the health of your home and call 3 Mountains Plumbing today!