Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Reclaim your damp basement with a sump pump

If you live in a hilly region, like Cincinnati, Ohio, you may know first hand how it feels to find water flowing into or backing up into your basement. A very effective method of channeling this water away from the home is to dig a “Sump” or hole to in your basement floor. Then you place a pump within the hole that is connected to a drain pipe to channel the water outside.

Sump pumps assist not only with floods from heavy rains, but also with everyday problems like a high water table or water seepage because of construction. A sump pump, which pumps out standing water from a basement and into a drainage system, can help keep moisture out of the basement, so it will not cause structural damage or encourage the growth of mold and mildew.

Sounds easy enough… So is it something that a do-it-yourselfer can accomplish? First ask yourself this question: Are you able to locate both the highest point of the water table beneath your foundation floor and the lowest point within your basement? Can you create a precise 1.5′ wide x 2′ deep hole to collect water through your basement floor? Then can you excavate the proper drainage pipe to carry the water outside? Ouch! This is definitely not like putting in a garbage disposal. It is a job for a professional.

Allied Reddi Rooter has installed hundreds of sump pumps in Greater Cincinnati. Before you do anything, call us for a free estimate. That way you’ll know very quickly if a sump pump is the solution, or if you’d be better off just crossing “Over The Rhine” every time you go into the basement.