Storm water drainage and sump pump drainage is one of the critical issues for many households and affects many neighborhoods across the country. It’s important to have the correct and adequate water drainage systems for a house or other building to prevent water backup that can cause rotting and other structural problems, not to mention the destruction of personal property that may be in the bottom level of the building such as a basement. A common solution for drainage is a sump pump, an appliance that routes water away from a basement or other part of a building. Here are some ways that homeowners or other property owners improve the drainage of these sump pump installations.
1. Clean Gutters and Downspouts
In many cases, keeping the gutters and downspouts on a house clean can decrease the amount of water runoff that threatens to flood a basement during a storm or torrential rain. Experts recommend annual gutter and downspouts cleaning or at least inspection to see if these installations might be clogged by leaves or other debris.
2. Check the Sump Pump Regularly
It’s a good idea to run and test your sump pump on a regular basis to make sure it’s working properly. Visually inspecting the process can show property owners whether the pump is adequately training water away from the building.
3. Consider a Generator or Backup Power Source
Sometimes, the events in which basements flood happen to be the same as times when the power goes out. In these cases, having a sump pump on the grid is not the most effective option. See about outfitting your sump pump with batteries or other power sources for these kinds of scenarios.
4. Size or Add Sump Pump Gear as Necessary
Another tip is making sure that the sump pump can handle the volume of water that it is dealt in a flood situation. If the pump is too small, it may not work properly. Upsize or add an additional pump to get the drainage you may need.
5. Add French Drains Outside
Another possible fix is to consider the addition of French drains. These installations are linear grading of aggregate materials like gravel that help water to run in a certain direction. Property owners who add French drains to route storm water can decrease the amount of water that their interior sump pump appliances have to handle.
All of the above tips can help you improve the drainage capacity of your sump pump and help protect your building from threats of water damage, even when high rates of precipitation cause a lot of local water runoff. Municipalities may have more information on how much your property is at risk from current storm water patterns in your neighborhood. Do the research on your home or property and take proactive steps to get the right storm water facilities in place, and you will prevent some potentially serious damage to your real estate investment.