Sump Pump Installation Problems

Sump Pump Installation

Investing in a sump pump is the best thing you can do for your basement. They are a great way to prevent the flooding of your basement even when all other waterproofing methods have failed. Sump pumps will ensure that excess water is removed from your basement before it can cause havoc.

However, sump pumps are only effective when installed correctly. It is not uncommon for professional waterproofing contractors to receive complaints from homeowners when sump pumps fail after being installed incorrectly by untrained or uncertified individuals.

Homemade installations often exhibit one or more of the following problems:

  1. No walls in the pit

Many people dig pits and fail to install walls in the pit. The sump pump is installed in the muddy hole where water collects. Problems arise when mud from the walls of the pit is sucked by the pump. The pump may choke on the mud and fail as a result.

In some cases, pumps may continue to pump the mud out of the well. This results in undermining where soil from beneath the foundation floor is removed in the water creating a void. In many cases, this will result in the shifting and settling of the slab which can result in structural problems over time.

  1. Open pits

Many inexperienced installers will not include a cover for the well. As water collects in the pit, it evaporates into the air creating a damp atmosphere in the basement.

A lack of covers or the use of weak covers for the well can also pose a health and safety risk to the occupants of your home. Small children and pets can fall into the uncovered pit.

  1. Using flexible hoses

Many people use flexible hoses when installing their pumps. These hoses do not have check valves. Water can therefore accumulate in the hoses and cause them to sag. This can create a big problem to the efficiency of the pump. The pump will be required to utilize more energy to pump out the same volume of water.

The accumulation of water in the hoses also encourages the growth and development of bacteria and mold.

Flexible hoses are also prone to freezing in the winter. This can cause an obstruction and result in pump failure.

If you’re planning to have a sump pump installed in your home, be sure to contact a professional waterproofing contractor. This will ensure that your pump functions at the greatest efficiency.