How Sump Pumps Help to Waterproof Your Basement
When water is pooling in your basement, you need a way to drain the water out. That’s what a sump pump does.
As a significant contributor to the Hydraway Basement Waterproofing System, a sump pump is a mechanism many foundation experts recommend to homes with serious seepage issues in their basement or crawl space. After your Hydraway® System drains water from your basement or crawl space, the water needs somewhere to go. An interior sump pump system will take that basement water and export it to a safe location – away from your home.
An interior sump pump sits in the basement. It pumps out water that collects in the sump basin through the discharge pipe. All this effectively removes unwanted pooling water from your basement or crawlspace.
The process of installing a sump pump system is best left to a foundation repair professional. Call Helitech today and schedule your free inspection and estimate to see if a sump pump installation is right for you.
Types of Sump Pumps: Find The Best For Your Basement
There are two main types of interior sump pumps that we install across the Midwest: Submersible and Pedestal. Each exists to pump water away from your basement, and they’re both controlled by an above-ground float switch.
Submersible Sump Pump
A submersible sump pump sits below the floor level in a sump pit. This area pools water until it reaches a necessary water level. After the water rises to a certain point, the sump pump activates, draining all of the water within the sump basin through the discharge line.
This option is visibly appealing because it doesn’t stick out into your basement, but it makes the unit more difficult to reach. It’s the more expensive option of the two, but it typically lasts longer.
Pedestal Sump Pumps
While a pedestal pump has a similar function as the submersible pump (to drain water from your basement), it functions differently. A pedestal sump pump sits above the ground, mounted above the sump. This makes it more visible in your basement, but also makes it easier to service. It’s typically a more economical approach but doesn’t last as long.
Why You Should Reinforce Your Basement Sump Pump
There are a few things to keep in mind if your home might need a sump pump installation. After all, moving gallons of water every day is going to come with its own set of challenges.
For instance, a battery backup system might be necessary to ensure peace-of-mind in the event of a power outage or primary sump pump failure. The backup battery case and charger are positioned on the basement floor next to the backup pump. Leaving this step out might be okay if the gallons-per-hour your sump pump removes is relatively low.
However, if you have a more demanding need in your basement, installing a battery backup system could be the safety that saves you thousands of dollars down the road. You may even consider a backup sump pump, too, if your demand is extreme. Our inspectors will make sure you understand the requirement before installation and recommend the appropriate back-up mechanisms.
In the event of high water in the sump pit, the water level float sensor will engage the system and sound an alarm to alert the homeowner the system is operating. The water is then pumped out of the pit through an additional discharge line. For extra security and peace-of-mind, Helitech offers a state-of-the-art sump pump alarm called Hydratext Flood Alert System. It will send a text message to your phone to alert you of potential issues.
If a problem does arise and there is excess moisture in your basement, you need to be proactive about fighting mold, musty odors, and a potentially flooded basement. A Hydrabreeze basement dehumidifier will keep your home dry and healthy with its unique moisture control system.
Sump Pump Maintenance
Just as you service your furnace before the long winter months, your sump pump requires proper maintenance to ensure the utmost performance when it rains. To ensure optimal performance, your sump pump needs to be serviced every 1-2 years, depending on the level of usage.
Our standard Sump Pump Maintenance Check package runs $299 for existing Helitech customers. Contact our office to schedule your Sump Pump Check today!
Helitech 10-point Sump Pump inspection includes:
- Interior foundation inspection for leaks and water entry points.
- Exterior perimeter foundation inspection for drainage concerns.
- Sump Pump Test
- Check Valve Test
- Test and inspect the Battery Back-Up Sump Pump (where applicable)
- Inspect all Sump Pump Discharge Fittings and Connections
- Test and inspect Sump Pump Alert System (where applicable)
- Inspect the Sump Pump Discharge Exhaust Point for any obstructions and/or debris
- Clean out the Sump Pit
- Inspect Downspout Discharge Points
Schedule Your Free Foundation Inspection Today
Sump pumps are an essential component of a broader waterproofing strategy. To get your home protected from the elements, call Helitech today and schedule your free foundation inspection. Our professionals will look into your entire foundation system and give you a road map toward fixing your foundation for good.
Helitech offers free estimates on your wet basement woes.
Find out more about our pricing and available finance options for sump pump installation.
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