Wednesday, May 25th by Kristina McGovern
Many homeowners who have a sump pump don’t know they have one until they are dealing with a wet basement or crawl space.
If you have a sump pump, it’s important to know where your sump pump is, how it works, how to maintain it, and who to call to fix it when there’s a problem. Being proactive can help prevent flooding in your basement or crawl space, but who do you call if you’ve found yourself with a sump pump problem?
First, let’s talk about the difference between what plumbers and waterproofing contractors do.
A sump pump is a mechanical device that’s powered by electricity and actively removes water, so when it stops working, it’s easy to see why a homeowner might think that a plumber or electrician is the best person to call for help.
But hiring a plumber or an electrician to repair your sump pump is sort of like having a mechanic listen to your car’s engine rather than performing a complete inspection of your vehicle. Plumbers install and repair water supply lines, waste disposal systems, and plumbing fixtures and appliances. While some plumbers do work with sump pumps, most of them aren’t experts in waterproofing.
A waterproofing contractor specializes in keeping water out of basements and crawl spaces. Many waterproofers both install and repair sump pumps.
Plumbers fix plumbing leaks, not a chronic wet basement or crawl space problem. A plumber can certainly help if a plumbing leak is the cause of the water in your basement or crawl space, but there are a few key points to keep in mind:
1. Plumbers are experts on plumbing fixtures and appliances, not basement waterproofing.
2. Waterproofers install and repair sump pumps and they also perform thorough inspections of the foundation and the area around the home to help prevent future water intrusion.
Here are three main reasons to call a waterproofer when your sump pump isn't running properly:
In addition to a sump pump, consider other methods to waterproof your basement and lower groundwater levels, such as yard-grading, maintaining proper gutters and downspouts, and installing an interior drainage system. Ideally, your sump pump should never need to activate.
If you're not sure if your waterproofing system is up to par, check out our 5 Elements of an Effective Basement Waterproofing System infographic.
If your sump pump is not running properly or needs an upgrade, contact us for a free sump pump evaluation from your local Basement Systems waterproofing contractor.
Updated: October 23, 2019
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