So your sump pump needs replaced, who do you call? For many the first reaction is to call a plumber. Typical plumbing contractors are often the first call for many homeowners. Often they advertise that they offer this service, they claim to be qualified and they did unclog your sink that one time. Yes they were expensive but he got it unclogged. The problem – they are not specialized in replacing sump pumps nor do they understand your homes whole waterproofing system.
Your sump pump is the key to keeping your basement dry. It is what will allow you to finish off your basement without worry of potential basement flooding. When quality sump pumps, battery backup sump pumps and sump basins are installed correctly you can increase the amount of living space in your home. You will decrease humidity levels and get rid of the musty basement smell. If these are not installed correctly or cheap components are installed your investment in your basement can be ruined.
Unfortunately, plumbers often feel that sump pump installations are beneath them and so they will not size the sump pump correctly, they will not match the sump with the correct basin, they install basic plumbers grade equipment and the overall quality of the job leaves much to be desired. Throughout the industry these types of installations are referred as a sump-in-a-hole install. Plumbers do this to make a fast buck, or in many plumbers cases, many fast bucks.
Waterproofing contractors, on the other hand, are in the business to protect your home from water problems. They use better equipment, they understand sizing and application and they rely on referrals from happy homeowners. So, do not settle for a plumber – call a professional waterproofing contractor.