Crawl Space Sump Pump Installations
It can be challenging to figure out the best way to keep water out of your crawl space. You'll need to hire a reliable waterproofing company you can trust to keep your crawl space dry no matter how much rain falls.
Is it required to have a sump pump in every crawl space? Not necessarily. A sump pump isn't necessary for crawl spaces without any major water difficulties.
A vapor barrier should be installed in every crawl area to prevent moisture from rising up through the ground. However, not all crawl spaces have enough actual water getting in to necessitate the use of a sump pump or a footer tile drain system to keep them dry.
If you have water in your crawl space on a regular basis, there are a number of things you can do to protect it from the elements. These alternatives should be investigated first to see if a sump pump is genuinely required.
Some of the initial options to consider include extending your downspouts or having them direct buried to a pop up drain that is further out in your yard, adjusting or installing window wells around any basement or egress windows, fixing the grading around the foundation to flow water away from the foundation instead of towards it, removing mulch beds that are up against the foundation, and making sure sprinkler heads are not leaking or spraying water on the home. All of these waterproofing techniques help keep water out of your crawl space by keeping it away from the foundation.
If you've tried all of these waterproofing measures and still have water getting into your crawl space, then it's time to consider installing a sump pump or a footer drain system to collect the water from your crawl space and pump it outside of your foundation.
A vapor barrier can protect you from moisture, but it’s not made to protect you from full blown water intrusion. You'll need a properly installed sump pump to save your crawl space from moisture related problems, such as mold, wood rot, insects, foul odors, and so on.
If you're going to install a sump pump in your crawl space, make sure it's installed properly. A sump pump inside a bucket that is laid on your crawl space floor is not going to do the trick. And it's dangerous to have your pump connected to an extension cord.
Dog Gone Waterproofing does not take any shortcuts when it comes to keeping water out of your crawl space. Any additional wiring or outlets that are necessary for your sump pump are installed by a qualified electrician, so your crawl space drainage system always has the necessary power that it needs.
We install a high output sump pump, a high density sump basin and we connect the pump to a discharge line with a pop-up emitter and equip it with an ice relief discharge.
Proper digging, trenching, and drain lines are all important steps in getting all the water out of your crawl space and dispersed well out into your yard, or near the curb, so that water doesn’t flow back into your crawl space.
A lot of detail goes into each of these steps to ensure that water will no longer cause problems in your crawl space.
The sump pump itself is a fairly simple mechanical device, but installing a crawl space sump pump system effectively requires an experienced waterproofing company who understands why you're installing it and how to make sure your crawl space drainage system is working properly to get all of the water out and keep it out.