A good prevention strategy is to walk around your home’s foundation from time to time, especially during the hot dry months. If you see dirty pulling away, grab your gardenhose and soak the dirt until you can push the dirt back up against your foundation. Not only will this help your sump pump last longer, but your foundation depends on that dirt to keep it stable too.
Other tips concerning the dirt around your foundation are:
If you notice the dirt falling toward your home, it’s a great idea to add dirt or some type of landscaping to all our water to drain away from your home. For those of you who have exposed foundation walls and can see the paint lines are well above the dirt, that informs you as to how much your existing dirty has settled. It’s time to backfill or add more dirt to protect your foundation, sump pump, and your valuables.