Ways to Avoid Basement Flooding – Sump System

Category: Water Damage Restoration

Basement flooding problems are best diagnosed by working your way down from the gutters and downspouts, to the lot and foundation drainage, and then to the sump system.

 Sump Pit Drainage System

A sump pit drainage system includes a sump pit, a sump pump and a discharge pipe. The sump pit, set into the basement floor, collects water from the drain tiles around your basement. The pump pushes the water outside your house through the discharge pipe.

Place your sump pump discharge pipe so that it  drains somewhere onto your property where water can be absorbed, such as your lawn or flower bed.

Sump Pit

Clean the pit each year after the ground freezes. Drain tile drainage may carry small amounts of soil, sand and debris into the pit from around your basement foundation.

Sump Pump

 Check and test your pump each spring before the rainy season begins, and before you leave your house for a long time. Pour water into the pit to trigger the pump to operate.

 Remove and thoroughly clean the pump at least once a year. Disconnect the pump from the power source before you handle or clean it.

Sump Pump Discharge Pipe

Check the place where the discharge pipe leaves the house. If the pipe is discharging right against the basement wall, the water will drain down into the drain tiles and continue to recycle through the system.

Check the discharge point regularly to make sure that nothing is blocking the flow.

We hope these tips help keep your basement dry this spring.


If you do have a water damage problem in your home call Green Clean Carpet.Care.Restoration.  at 763-789-9600 for immediate assistance.  www.greencleancare.com

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