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Do you have moisture problem causing damage in your crawl space?

Contact the Wood Rescue Team for a free estimate to determine if a sump is needed to preserve your home from wood rot and structural damage.

Why Is Your Crawl Space Wet?

Several homes in the upstate have a crawl space beneath the house where if not maintained can cause wood rot and bad air quality to negatively effect the home and cause structural damage. rather than a basement. So, what to do if you have a wet base issue in this scenario? A common solution is to install a sump pump.

In this post, we’re going to take a look at a few reasons why your crawl space may encounter inordinate dampness, as well as, guidance on what a properly installed sump pump does in a crawl space.

The first thing you should do is some spy work and make sense of why the dampness or groundwater has begun together in your crawl space and fix that issue.

Why is your crawl space wet?

Here are a few reasons why there are dampness issues in your crawl space.

· Lack of drainage systems

· Humid Climate

· No dampness barrier between dirt and crawl space

· Leakage in plumbing

· The groundwater level is higher than the floor

Installing a Sump Pump in a Crawl Space

1. Design layout and planning

2. Digging

3. Sump Pump Basin Prep/Installation

4. Installing Your Sump Pump

5. Cover & Connect

6. Finish up the Crawl Space

7. Connect to Power and test

Installing a Sump Pump in a Crawl Space

1. Planning

The first step in installing a sump pump in a crawl space is to find the spot for the sump basin. This location must be central and near an outlet it can plug in the pump and where a pipe that can carry the water outside will be running. Next, we determine where to place the hole for the water carrying pipe.

2. Digging

The next step in the installation process is digging. Once we have everything laid out, we start digging sump basin itself. Secondly, you have to dig a pit for the drainage pipe that carries water away from the foundation of your home.

3. Sump Pump Basin Prep/Installation

The third step is the sump pump basin installation by putting gravel to be about 2” from the top of the basin.

4. Installing your Sump Pump

Fourth and the critical step is the installation of your sump pump. For better water transportation, we add a weep hole in the PVC pipe. This weep hole is drilled about 6” from the sump pump connection.

5. Cover and Connect

The fifth step is covering and connecting the sump pump and ventilate,

6. Finish up the Crawl Space

The second last step in the installation of a sump pump is to set up the crawl space. To wrap up the crawl space, swarm the area with some gravel where the sump pump is located and then continue installing the rest of the drainage line out. Subsequently, drill a hole in the wall where the drainage line will run through and then proceed with the installation process. This includes caulking and running the pipe at least 4’ from the house and setting up a water flow system.

7. Connect to Power

Plug the cord into the power supply and test the sump pump get to work. Now you can sleep with relief, knowing that your foundation will be preserved.

Important NOTE

Puddles of water will still appear. This is natural and unavoidable since water is only removed once it has filled the basin enough to activate pump and expel the water.


Sump pumps are a very cost effective solution and less expensive then wood rot causing structural damage.

How to tell if sump pump is working?

To know whether your sump pump is working or not can be figured out in no time. Below are the steps which can help you determine if your pump is working or not.

· Find your water drainage pipe and ensure there are no blockages in it. Also, make sure that it is discharging the water far enough from your house. Likewise, If there is any debris in the pipe, remove it.

· Afterward, locate where the sump pump is installed. You’ll need to pursue both power cables to the channel, and once you’re there, unplug both the power cables. The plug which is dedicated to the pump should then be unplugged into the channel. If the power flows to and from the unit when it is turned on and off, then you can re-plug in the other plug.

· This course is different if your sump pump only has one plug instead of two. In this case, follow these steps: Take a gallon of water and pour it into the pump sump basin to the point until the float begins to rise. As a result, it would indicate the pump to turn on. Do this time several times to make sure the pump is draining water properly. If for some reason you’re not able to pour water in, then similar to a toilet, lift the float of the pump and see if it is working or not.

Checking the sump pump should be done at least twice a year, and below we’ll give you a few maintenance tips to prolong the lifetime and efficiency of your sump pump

Suggested Maintenance

For any machine to work seamlessly, it requires you to be aware of the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance, as well as, taking a few extra safety measures particularly on the off chance that you live in a high flood-risk zone could set you up for success. After all, sump pumps can sit idle for lengthy timeframes, so, to ensure that when it works, it does flawlessly, you need to follow these straightforward maintenance recommendations.

Every 3-4 months

· Clear the inlet

· Check the power cable and connection

· Use the water method from above to test the performance

Once a year

· Take out the sump pump from the basin and clean it

· Clean the sump basin

· If pump not functioning properly, replace it

· Check the power cable and connection

· Use the water method as mentioned above to check the working of the pump

If you follow the above instructions carefully and with dedication, there is a 99% chance that your sump pump will work at an optimal level all year long, which implies no unexpected base problems and fixes. Also, this implicates that you would be ready for adversarial weather conditions and any unforeseen plumbing issues.


Knowing why you need a sump pump and how to test it can enable you to save money. Hopefully, we’ve helped you out to get an understanding of precisely how to tell if your sump pump is working, as well as, how to make sure it remains that way

In the end, I am going to leave you with a question. How many of you are already applying these methods to preserve your sump pump? Leave a comment below as I am curious to know your answers.

Contact the Wood Rescue Team for a free estimate to determine if a sump is needed to preserve your home from wood rot and structural damage.

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