Installing a sump pump system in your Fredericksburg home is the least disruptive and most effective way to keep a basement dry – and keep it dry all the time!

More than half of all homes in the United States have moisture infiltrating into the basement or crawl space from the soil beneath the house. The problem may be limited to simply perpetual dampness that spawns the growth of unhealthy mold or mildew. Or, under the right conditions, it can evolve into a catastrophic flood scenario that inflicts thousands of dollars in property damage. The deciding factor is the water table—a source of underground water naturally occurring at some depth. The water table may be a hundred feet below the surface or as little as six inches.

Many localities now strongly advise or require homeowners to install a sump pump in existing houses if the property is prone to inundation from below-grade water. And, in 1987, the Federal Clean Water Act began requiring sump pumps in new construction—even in houses where the flooding potential is minimal!

To prevent flooding, an electric sump pump is installed in an opening in the basement floor and automatically actuates to remove rising ground water before it can reach flood proportions. The water is conveyed out of the basement into the yard through a permanent pipe.

Sump pumps require access to the soil below your basement floor or crawl space in order to remove water as it accumulates. In the basement, this means excavating through the concrete floor into the ground beneath. Called a sump basin or pit, the opening is normally located at the lowest spot in the basement or at an area where water infiltration is visually obvious, such as where moisture is observed “weeping” through the floor.

A sump pump requires regular maintenance so placement of the sump basin should take into consideration accessibility issues, too. Most sump basins are circular and about 2 feet in diameter with a water capacity ranging from 15 to 25 gallons. The excavation should be deep enough so the basin will penetrate up to 30 inches into the soil below the floor. The bottom of the basin is normally covered with a layer of coarse gravel.

The widespread installation of residential sump pumps is a success story every homeowner can take advantage of.

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