Adding a Sump Pump to Your Existing Basement: A Smart Move for Homeowners 

     Are you considering a sump pump for your basement? At Oriole Basement Waterproofing, we understand homeowners’ challenges with basement water issues. Here’s a comprehensive guide to why and how adding a sump pump can be a wise investment for your home. 

Why Add a Sump Pump? 

     A sump pump, installed in a specially constructed sump pit, actively pumps out water from your basement, preventing flooding and safeguarding against moisture damage. If you live in an area with a high water table or where heavy rainfall is typical, installing a sump pump is essential to protect your basement from water intrusion and the potential problems that follow, like mold and structural damage. 

Choosing the Right Sump Pump 

     Selecting the correct sump pump is crucial: 

  • Pedestal Sump Pumps: Ideal for smaller budgets, these are visible and noisier but cost-effective. 
  • Submersible Sump Pumps: These are placed inside the sump pit, making them quieter and more effective. 
  • Battery-Operated Sump Pumps: Perfect for areas prone to power outages, providing peace of mind during storms. 

Installation Process 

     Installing a sump pump involves: 

  1. Digging a Sump Pit: This is the first step, where a pit is prepared in the lowest part of your basement to house the sump pump. 
  2. Installing the Sump Pump: Place the pump in the basin, ensure it’s correctly connected to the power source, and set up the discharge pipe that channels water outside your home. 
  3. Testing the System: It is important to test the sump pump by simulating a flood scenario to ensure its perfect operation. 

Maintenance Tips 

     Regular maintenance is necessary to ensure the longevity and efficiency of your sump pump: 

  • Test the pump periodically. 
  • Keep the sump pit and basin clean of debris. 
  • Replace the battery backup as needed. 
  • Ensure the discharge pipe remains unblocked. 


     Adding a sump pump to your basement is a proactive step towards maintaining a dry and healthy home environment. Oriole Basement Waterproofing specializes in basement moisture solutions, and we’re here to help with expert installation and advice. 

     For a free consultation or more information, call 410-879-3360. Let us help you keep your basement dry and protected!