What Does a Sump Pump Do?

What Does a Sump Pump Do?

You’ve probably heard the word “sump pump” before, but do you know what it is? Or, more accurately, do you know what it does?

Many people in St. Louis have sump pumps, depending on the location and age of their homes. If you don’t currently have one, read on—your situation may necessitate installing one.

What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is an interior drainage system installed underneath your basement floor and in crawl spaces to collect groundwater before it floods your home.  The pump is placed inside a sump pit, and this system helps collect groundwater and excess water buildup from rains. After collecting the water, the sump pump then diverts it away from your home.

Occasionally, if your sump pump does not have a lid, it can get clogged with dirt or debris, necessitating a call to professionals like the Foundation Doctor of St. Louis. We can help address this issue and ensure that your sump pump is properly installed.

How Does it Help with Drainage?

A sump pump collects water through both directed drains and natural water migration through the soil. When excess water builds up, the sump pump pumps the water out of the sump pit and away from the home, ensuring that the basement or crawl space stays dry.

Do I Need One?

Have you noticed any puddles of water in your basement?  Has your basement flooded recently? If these are frequent occurrences for you, it’s likely that your home’s foundation has hydrostatic pressure built up, forcing water to seep through cracks and locations where the floor and walls meet.

This pressure can compromise your home’s foundation, leaking through cracks and potentially causing walls to bow. Hydrostatic pressure build up can be caused by a number of factors, including oversaturated soil, improper drainage, or just simply the location of your home on the land.

Before these issues get worse (and they will), call the Foundation Doctor of St. Louis today for a free estimate and inspection of your home’s foundation!  We can tell you if an interior drain system like a sump pump is necessary. We also can evaluate and recommend a solution for any water issues your foundation or yard may have, preventing further damage to your home.

If you already have a sump pump for basement drainage, it’s always a good idea to have it inspection and ensure that it’s working properly.

Call the Foundation Doctor of St. Louis for Your Sump Pump Needs!

Whether you need your current sump pump inspected or you’re exploring the idea of installing a new sump pump, the Foundation Doctor of St. Louis can provide solutions.

As a family-owned and operated company, our team of professionals knows that our customers are focused on keeping their homes maintained and their families safe.  Customer service is a cornerstone of our operations, and many of our new clients come from referrals. We would welcome the opportunity to serve your foundation needs!

Contact us today!