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March 2013

Frozen Sump Pump Discharge

Your sump pump is only as efficient as it's ability to discharge the water away from your home.  In many situations the drain tile under your basement floor or outside your foundation walls is tied into a basin or pit.  Inside this basin is a sump pump that is activated by the rising water.  The purpose of this pump is to eject the water from the pit (when it reaches a certain level) away from your house either into the sewer stack or, more frequently, out into the yard.  While this latter system is very effective, it can be problematic this time of year as discharges can become frozen.  If your sump discharge is frozen the water cannot pump out and this can cause the pump to fail.  If you suspect that this is happening in your home first try to melt the water in the discharge line.  If you are unable to do this, or wish to stop this from happening again, give Atlas Restoration a call at 866-841-6639 or log on to our website and one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.

Can Melting Snow Cause My Basement To Leak?

With the change of seasons, Atlas Restoration is regularly asked the question "Can melting snow cause my basement to flood?" While the long answer can get a bit complicated, the short answer is yes.  Considering the ground is typically still frozen under the snow pack it can prevent water from draining into the soil beneath.  This process can create pooling on the surface of the ground which can send the water over the top of the foundation wall and into the basement or crawl space!  While proper grading around the structure will help to mitigate this issue there are times where it is insufficient.  If you are getting water in your basement or crawl space during the change of seasons, a free thorough inspection and a 15 point Hydro-Structural Evaluation by an Atlas Restoration representative is your best bet at stopping the problem from ever happening again.  Click on the following link to see our Homeowner Waterproofing Symptom Checker to confirm your problem and schedule a free inspection: