Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest we are accustomed to and some of us love the rainy weather. While the rain is beautiful to look at from inside with a cup of hot tea in hand, problems occur when the rain begins to penetrate our home, specifically the basement. Heavy rain can cause your basement to flood leading to sometimes irreversible water damage. When your basement is flooded, you need professional help. For this reason, you need to call Your Crawl Space Guys and we’re gonna break down the reasons why.


Why You Need a Sump Pump

According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, over 60% of the U.S. homeowners have some type of moisture in their basement or crawl space. While moisture might not flood the crawl space it leads to the development of mold and other deadly bacteria. Thus, the study indicates that at one point in your life your basement will have moisture or flood, it’s only a matter of when and how you decide to combat it. 


How Does a Sump Pump Work

The main purpose of a sump pump is to get water out of your crawl space or basement. In order for a sump pump to be installed successfully there needs to be a hole manually dug in the lowest level of your crawlspace. This area is commonly known as the basin and will serve to hold the sump pump. Every sump pump is designed to have valves that determine when water is escalating or feels pressure. When the water sump pump feels an escalated level of pressure it pumps water successfully out of the crawl space into a discharged line called an effluent. The effluent connects the sump pump to a designated draining area. 



Can I DIY It?

With any project, you have the capacity to research, comprehend, and execute the project with success. If you decide to pursue this project on your own, we warn you about the dangers of bacteria, mold, and complexities of installing a sump pump. Our team is skilled not only with years of experience but with engineers that work closely with us to deliver consistent quality results. Give us a call and receive a free consultation! 


How Do I Know I Need a Sump Pump?

Look at your basement, is it flooded? What about your home’s history, has it flooded before? While these are the biggest indicators of water damage, keep an eye out for moisture in unexpected areas or unpleasant smells. 


We hope this helped you understand the complexities of sump pumps, until next time!