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How to Eliminate Basement Moisture

How to Eliminate Basement Moisture

Eliminate Moisture in the Basement


Sump pumps are known to keep floodwater out of basement areas and crawlspaces. These areas become prone to increasing moisture which leads to mold and mildew. The Federal Clean Water Act of 1987 enacted many local ordinances mandating the use of sump pumps for homeowners.

60% of homes in the United States have below ground moisture problems costing $1,000 in damage repair for each inch of floodwater.

How a Sump Pump Works


The pit of a sump pump is normally 2 feet tall by 18 inches wide. The pit fills with water and triggers the sump pump to operate. Some pumps have triggers with a float activator or pressure sensor. The pump moves the water away from the foundation of the home preventing future moisture issues. Be sure to routinely check valves to ensure no water backflow occurs.

Sump Pump Back Ups


To ensure your sump pump is always operable, consider these back up options.

Battery – The battery will switch on as soon as electricity fails with the ability to withstand long intervals of inactivity.
Water Pressure – This does not rely on electrical energy and therefore will pump the water for as long as water pressure is present.
Another Sump Pump – A reliable option in case your main pump suffers mechanical failure is to have a second sump pump that works.
Posted on Aug 07, 2013

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