Since a basement is below you home, it is obviously below ground and in some cases below the water table. The moisture in the ground can seep into the basement, creating perfect conditions for bacteria and mold growth, not to mention an unpleasant musty smell and in some situations water damage.

A sump pump, an electric pump that acts as a water relocation system, removes water from inside the basement and puts it back outside. This is a pretty basic concept, but a sump pump can save your family from toxic mold growth, water damage to your home and belongings and not to mention the headaches and stress each time it rains.

The sump pit, nothing more than a hole in the ground that the sump pump sits in, collects the water and eventually pumps it out and away from your basement. Standard sump pumps operate on electricity only, but new models offer a battery back-up sump pump system to ensure your home and basement are protected even in the case of electricity failure. Think of a battery back-up sump pump system as a mini insurance policy against basement flooding.

To ensure your sump pump works as efficiently as is intended simple routine maintenance should be performed. Inspect the sump pump and the sump pit and remove any debris that may be lodged in the pump head or in the pit. Sometimes gravel, dirt or sand will accumulate and can lead to clogs in the sump pump system. Obviously, when a sump pump is clogged it is unable to perform as intended and you may end up with a flooded basement after all.

For more information on incorporating a sump pump in your basement plans or for installation service, contact the professionals at Basement Waterproofing Services. Serving all of Maryland, Washington DC, Southern New Jersey, South Central Pennsylvania, Delaware and Northern Virginia for more than 20 years, the waterproofing experts at Basement Waterproofing Services can solve your wet basement problem today.