One of the most effective ways to keep your basement dry and free from potential mold growth, especially during heavy rainfalls, is to make certain your sump pump is in good working order. Homeowners should consider the sump pump the last line of defense against flooding in the basement, but it should be treated as an integral part of home maintenance and in keeping the basement free of water.

Here are basic sump pump maintenance steps that basement waterproofing contractors share that can help keep your basement dry:

  • The sump basin should be clear of debris. Because the basement may see a lot of activity in the form of dirt and dust and even lint from the dryer and because the sump is typically an open hole, many items have the potential to fall in and you need to remember to check and clean the basin periodically. Add a protective lid to keep debris from falling into the sump drain.
  • The sump pump needs to be properly wired and you need to make certain the electrical system in the house can accommodate the amount of power the sump pump will need in order to operate. If, when it turns on, the fuse blows you will be looking at a wet basement.
  • The float switch in the sump pump apparatus moves up and down depending on the levels of water coming into the basement and into the sump basin. If any cords get tangled in the float switch it will impede its movement and could prevent the sump pump from working when you need it. Basement waterproofing contractors recommend securing the cords with zip ties to keep them out of the way.

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It’s a wise idea to test the pump on occasion by pouring a bucket of water directly into the sump basin to ensure the pump will operate when filled with water. If you take these precautions prior to any storm hitting your area you may weather it with a dry basement!