While hot water tanks and broken plumbing may flood a basement, the typical flooded basement is caused by undiverted rainwater, a basement below the water table, or saturated soils around the foundation. The first lines of defense against flooding are proper grading, properly diverted downspouts, a foundation drain and foundation waterproofing. The last defensive stand is the sump pump.
Pumping the Sump
A sump is a basin or pit located below the basement floor that includes a container and a pump to remove standing water. Some homes also have a perforated drain system around the foundation that directs water to the sump. Others may only have a sump that collects the groundwater around it as it flows into that area naturally. Some homes have no sump at all.
The perforated sump container is surrounded by coarse gravel that filters out debris as water enters the container. The sump pit cover prevents anything from falling in and moisture from flowing out. The system's pump sends accumulated water through a pipe to the outside and away from the house.
Whatever sump pump is used, it should have a check valve on the sending or discharge pipe to prevent water from flowing back into the basin once the pump turns off.
For details on the different types of sump pumps and their uses, continue reading on Renovate Your World.
Heavy snow and blizzard conditions will continue to snarl travel and disrupt daily routines across the midwestern United States through Monday.
With rain set to dramatically lessen before reaching Southern California later this week, the threat of additional mudslides will remain low.
The first round of severe weather in 2018 for the south-central United States is expected to ignite from eastern Texas to southern Missouri as this weekend comes to a close.
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A storm will track and strengthen from the Rockies to the Upper Midwest of the United States and produce a swath of heavy snow and gusty winds on its northwestern flank.
The same storm set to spread travel-disrupting snow across the central United States will prevent the January thaw from lasting past midweek in the midwestern and northeastern United States.
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