Why a Sump Pump is the Ideal Interior Basement Waterproofing System | Lisle IL

Basement waterproofing is one of the most important home improvement activities. According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), over 80% of homeowners complain about their basements and request for quotes to improve them.  The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) also says that over 70% of new homes develop moisture problems in the basement within 10-15 years.

Reasons for Interior Basement Waterproofing

Most homeowners face challenges of keeping this space dry and habitable.  Well, interior basement waterproofing using a sump pump system has been proven by contractors to be the most effective solution to remedy water leakage issues.


But why should you be overly worried about waterproofing? Here are some ideas:

  • Prevent toxic mold growth on moist surfaces which poses health risks.
  • Avoid structural damage to the foundation walls which is a big risk to the property.
  • Avoid damage to personal belongings stored in the basement.
  • Improve your home’s value because wet basements reduce value significantly according to NAR®
  • Maximize available space in your home because the basement can be used as a study, games room or store.

Sump Pump as the Ideal Solution

In a study published on Home Magazine in 2013, over 90% of foundation contractors surveyed vouched for sump pumps as the ideal basement water proofing technique. The idea in interior basement waterproofing is to provide extra cover against water seepage from the walls.

Lateral and hydrostatic pressure by surface and ground water respectively leads to seepage through cracks thus compromising your home foundation’s strength. By installing a sump pump, you will make sure that any rising water from below the floor is drained into the sump pit by an internal perimeter French drain.

Any surface water which leaks through the walls will also drain into the pit. The sump pump works by pumping it away from the basement through a discharge pipe. The beauty of using this system is the fact that it works automatically. If there are floods for instance, the sump pump starts automatically.

In case the primary system fails, a battery backup will take over and continue pumping rising water away from the floor. By combining a French tile and a sump pump, you are guaranteed more efficiency as both ground water and surface water leaks are corrected.

Your contractor has the expertise and equipment to dig out the pit and internal perimeter drain. They will then install a drain pipe which is perforated and cover it with porous gravel. The sump pump is then installed in the pit and the drain pipe is covered using concrete.  The interior basement waterproofing system is connected to a discharge pipe that directs water away from the basement to protect your home.

Still suffering from wet basement blues? You now have your answer.