A flooded basement is something that no Fort Collins homeowner ever wants to face. Unfortunately, if the proper precautions are not taken, your basement can easily flood during the wetter months. Flooded basements will damage not only the structure and foundation of your home, but also the precious mementos or the valuable appliances, equipment and tools you store in your basement. Basement floods can be due to several reasons including:
- Ground water seepage
- Improperly installed basement bathrooms
- Poor waterproofing
- Improper construction
- Excessive rain fall or snow melt
Luckily, flooded basements can be avoided with the installation of a sump pump and ejector pump. And at Lighten Up Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric, our basement protection experts are here to help.
Sump Pump Solutions
A sump pump will help keep ground water, excessive rain or snow melt and water seepage due to poor waterproofing from flooding your basement. A sump pump works by draining the water that enters your basement into a basin and pumping the water out of your basement through the use of a pump. These appliances work by continually monitoring the level of water in the basement and pumping when the levels reach a certain level. You have two choices for sump pumps:
Both of these options work well in preventing floods – we will help you decide on the best option for your home. We will also recommend that you have a backup pump installed to prevent a flood in the event of power failure.
Ejector Pump Solutions
Basement bathrooms often sit below the plumbing that routes sewage out of your home. Since water does not flow up on its own, it needs a little help to get to the sewage system. Ejector pumps provide a boost of power to route the sewage into the pipes that lead out of your home. Ejector pumps also grind the waste to make the journey easier.
Common Sump Pump Problems
Sump pumps can experience a few issues if they are not maintained or operated correctly; these include:
- Clogging in the pipes
- Motor failure
- A pump that is too small for your basement
If you experience any of these issues, we will come out to your home as soon as possible to remedy the problem.
Common Ejector Pump Issues
Ejector pumps grind the waste to make it easier to route it to the sewer system. It is common for basement bathrooms to clog due to improper use of the toilet. You should avoid putting the following things into the basement toilet:
- Sanitary items
- Excessive toilet paper
Don’t wait until your basement floor is a foot below water, call Lighten Up Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric today to protect your home from a costly basement flood!