Cracked and warped foundation walls, sinking buildings, and uneven floors can all be avoided by installing the right drainage system for your Los Angeles Metro home. Avoid shifting foundation and structural damage by addressing your drainage system needs today with a reliable drainage solution such as a sump pump installation.
How does a sump pump work?
The function of a sump pump is to pump water away from the home to prevent pooling. Sump pumps are typically installed in special sump boxes.
They operate by pumping out water that flows into the sump box through either natural water mitigation or a drainage system.
Are sump pumps popular drainage systems?
Yes. Sump pumps are a highly valued drainage system that can be considered the first line of defense a homeowner has from preventing water accumulation in the crawl space area or basement. An estimated 90% of American households need sump pumps. If there is a lack of elevation from the house level or the new drainage system location to the street level, then you need a sump pump to compensate for that.
Where is a sump pump installed?
Sump pumps are most often installed in a basin deep in the home’s crawl space or basement. They are typically placed at the lowest point of the crawl space or basement to guarantee maximum efficiency at removing water to prevent flooding. This allows sump pumps to be located in areas of the home that experience flooding more frequently, as well as areas in which the water table is either equal to or above the foundation level.
How long does a sump pump last?
A professional sump pump installation should last about 10-15 years, at which point a replacement will likely be necessary. Different factors affect life expectancy, such as how frequently the sump pump is used.
Will my house benefit from a sump pump?
Sump pumps prevent water from pooling, which can lead to moisture intrusion and possible foundation damage. Installing a sump pump in the house will compliment yard drainage systems in order to provide maximum water intrusion protection for your property. One of the key functions of sump pumps are to prevent basement flooding, so homes that contain basements can particularly benefit from a sump pump installation.
What are sump pumps used for?
Sump pumps are used to remove large quantities of water from homes and deposit them away from the property to protect the foundation. Sump pumps are often used to prevent basement flooding. Additionally, they are also used in order to keep the area under the home dry to prevent foundation settlement and damage over time. Sump pumps are most adept at working in areas in which the water table is either equal to or above the foundation of the house.
What types of houses are sump pumps best for?
If water is finding its way into your home through cracks in the foundation, then a sump pump might be the right answer. Sump pumps work exceptionally well in houses that contain basements or in structures that are built on a lower lot than street level. If your house has either of those characteristics and is experiencing drainage issues, then reach out to a professional contractor to discuss a sump pump installation. Sump pumps are also highly beneficial for hillside homes or in houses located at the base of hills, since these factors elevate the chance of basement and//or crawl space flooding.
When are sump pumps most needed?
The majority of the flooding that sump pumps are used to address occurs during winter months. A high water table and poor soil drainage and density are also factors that contribute to a sump pump being needed.
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