Is your unfinished basement flooding or collecting pools of water? Is your finished basement’s flooring feeling soft and weak from rot? No matter the cause, you have a serious moisture problem. Water and moisture in a basement can spell huge problems for your home down the line. So, how can you prevent basement flooding? The answer might just be a sump pump. Here’s how POM Plumbing can help.
Assess the Problem
The first thing we need to do is send out one of our plumbing experts to take a look at your home. The years of experience that POM Plumbing professionals have makes looking around and spotting the source of the problem a piece of cake.
Some basement moisture problems are caused by leaking walls or condensation. Both of these have different solutions. However, if it’s water coming up through the subfloor, a sump pump is the only solution.
Why Is There Water?
Water can leak up through a subfloor in both finished and unfinished basements. In unfinished spaces, where the floor is cement or dirt, this usually leads to mud, pooling, or a complete flood. For those of you with things in your unfinished basement, such as laundry machines, stored boxes, or canned food, flooding id dangerous. Even if the amount of standing water is very shallow, this is a huge health and safety concern.
Why Is Standing Water Dangerous?
The reason why this is so dangerous comes in a number of forms. For one, if you have laundry machinery in your basement, it’s getting electrical input. A flood that rises high enough to meet with the bottom of the machines can come into contact with electrical components. This can electrify the entire wet area, which can electrocute you.
Standing water is also very attractive to rodents, who need water to live, and bugs, who want to lay eggs in it. Pests are universally dangerous for your health, as they carry diseases of all kind. Even small amounts of water or damp on the floor can spur mold growth, potentially leading to chronic respiratory illness or allergic reactions.
Even if all of these dangers were no issue, there’s also the risk toward your house and its structure. Any moisture that is able to reach wooden parts of your home structure will rot the wood and destabilize your house. This rot can climb support beams and leach into other parts of the structure. This is one of the reasons why more notable floods have caused such devastation for people during storms and hurricanes, and local flooding.
Getting a Sump Pump
Fortunately, sump pumps are a fantastic solution. These pumps are installed in the basement floor within a large basin. As the basin collects water, a sensor tells the pump when the basin is full. At that point, the pump will suck up all of the water in the basin, pumping it far away from your home. This keeps your basement dry and safe, allowing you to rest easy, knowing you’re not at the mercy of groundwater.
Give us a call at POM Plumbing if you need an assessment done in your basement.