Jun 08

Why Do Basements in Colorado Springs Have Sump Pits?

Sump Pit Cover

Nearly all homes in Colorado Springs has a sump pit if not a sump pump in the basement. If the pump is there, either the builder or previous owner saw a need to provide a way to pump water out of the basement.  The general water table in Colorado Springs tends to be low, but there are areas where run off and drainage can be a problem. A sump pump is the solution. When water collects around the foundation of a house, either from poor drainage or heavy rain, it may find no where to go but your basement. If you have a sump pit, it is located at the low point of the drainage system for your foundation. The pump is probably submerged in the pit and has a float attached. It is designed to kick on if the water in the pit gets too high and pump the excess out into your yard beyond the foundation drain system.

Protect your real estate investment by maintaining your sump pump. Make sure the outlet pipe is not plugged and that it directs water away from the house. A sump pump is never to be connected to the basement floor drain or sewer. Putting storm water in the sewer can overload the public system and cause a back up for you or your neighbors.

Use a flashlight to check if the sump is clean and that the pump inlet is not plugged. Slowly pour about 5 gallons of water into the sump pit. Watch to see that the pump kicks on and discharges the water. Sump pumps don’t have filters, but they do have screens or small openings so check to see that they are not clogged. Over time, a pump can rust through. There are many qualified plumbers in Colorado Springs who can replace them for you. The last one I replaced cost a mere $200.