Add Sump Pump Installation to Your List of New Year’s Resolutions

December 15th, 2018
As a new year begins, many Raleigh homeowners find themselves compiling lists of important resolutions. These affirmations sometimes concern enhancing the comfort of residential property. For example, a Raleigh homeowner might decide to make significant investments in the family home this year. Did you know, perhaps the single most cost-effective change you might consider involves installing a sump pump (or a backup sump pump) in the basement?

As a full-time waterproofing company, Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions LLC pays close attention to sump pump technology. A growing number of builders routinely include these useful devices in new construction. Why? Sump pumps work 24/7/365 to help prevent basement flooding!

About Sump Pump Technology

A sump pump typically sits directly above or below a basement drain. It helps push water out of the dwelling through a wastewater drainage pipe. This comparatively inexpensive device often performs an important role in preventing the formation of standing puddles in residential and commercial basements.

By helping ensure basements won’t become dank, uncomfortable, wet locations, a well-maintained sump pump more than pays for itself! Many homeowners seek professional sump pump installation services. It usually makes sense to ask a waterproofing technician to periodically inspect and clean the sump pump, also. Over time, this hardworking piece of equipment requires periodic maintenance to remain fully effective. Leaking water often carries along tiny pebbles, dust particles, and other debris. The sludge will accumulate over time, and may eventually impair the operation of the sump pump.

Your New Year’s Resolutions: Three Reasons to Include Sump Pump Installation

Why does obtaining sump pump installation (or maintenance) services deserve a place on a Raleigh area property owner’s resolution list? (Admittedly, this goal does not usually generate in most individuals the same enthusiastic level of interest as more exciting aspirations. Earning extra income, losing weight, or traveling to exotic vacation destinations usually appeal to more people!)

Yet a simple sump pump offers solid value. Owning a reliable one might help you prevent some unwelcome bills later in the year!(1) Consider three excellent reasons to include the installation and/or maintenance of this item on your current action list:

1. A sump pump works around the clock.

This simple device pumps water reliably. Since water will drain downhill to collect in the lowest level of the home, a sump pump may prevent basement flooding. Imagine how pleased you’ll feel that you maintained your home’s sump pump in good working order if you ever awaken one morning to discover a water pipe in the basement sprung a leak during the middle of the night!

2. Sump pumps function cost effectively.

The Angie’s list website reports in 2012 the average sump pump replacement cost in the United States hovered in the low $400 range. Most homeowners still pay less than $600 for this technology.(2) With proper care, this device should continue working for up to a decade. A modest pro rated annual investment of $50 to $60 a year in sump pump technology helps some households prevent very expensive basement flooding.

3. In some cases, a sump pump represents the first line of defense against water damage.

Numerous strong reasons suggest property owners in the Greater Raleigh Area should consider a persistently wet basement a potentially significant safety and health issue. The list of problems caused by water standing in a basement over extended periods of time proves extensive. Some of the most significant hazards include:

  • Wet, damp, uncomfortable indoor conditions;
  • An environment conducive to mold and mildew growth;
  • Damage to fabrics, drywall, wood, cement, and masonry in the home;
  • An increased risk of insect infestations (e.g. termites attracted by rotting wood, and some species of mosquitoes attracted by wet indoor environments);
  • The loss of potentially useful floor space in the basement, and more.

By helping a property owner keep the lowest level of a residence (or a commercial building) dry and comfortable, a simple sump pump often prevents literally tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage.(3) The small cost of maintaining this tool in good working order sometimes yields extraordinary benefits!

Further Information

As issues of global warming and climate change assume prominence in news headlines, the waterproofing of residential and commercial realty poses a particularly important consideration for property owners in North Carolina. To obtain experienced assistance with sump pump installation and maintenance (or with any other structural waterproofing and yard drainage issue), simply contact Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions LLC in the Greater Raleigh Area. We also serve customers throughout Southern Pines, Fayetteville, and outlying communities. Dial 919-235-5219 to schedule a convenient appointment now.

Helpful Resources

1. https://www.drainagenwaterproofing.com/category/sump-pumps/
2. https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-much-does-sump-pump-replacement-cost.htm
3. https://www.drainagenwaterproofing.com/basement-moisture-control/

Six Interesting Trivia Facts About Sump Pumps

April 5th, 2018

New sump pumpToday one of the first lines of defense against wet basements often involves sump pumps. Yet this important home improvement technology usually receives little attention from the news media. Many people find the topic of basement sump pumps a bit confusing, in fact.

A sump pump typically operates within a “sump pit” situated in the lowest level of a basement. Although in some cases simply installing a new sump pump won’t completely solve a complex waterproofing problem, these devices usually play important roles in the solution. They help remove water from low-lying locations.

We’ve collected some interesting facts about sump pumps. If you enjoy playing trivia games, you might enjoy testing your knowledge about these pumps. See how many of your friends know this information:

1. Sump Pumps Occur in Two Main Styles

Today, two main styles of sump pumps have obtained widespread popularity:

a pedestal (or “above-water level” pump) and a submersible (or “below-water level” pump). Each type offers both advantages and disadvantages. The engine of a pedestal sump pump perches above the water level, offering a more accessible location for cleaning and maintenance.

By contrast, the engine of a submersible sump pump typically sits within waterproof casing in a location beneath the waterline. This type of pump operates discretely in the background as it pumps away water.

2. Water Pumps Have Preoccupied Engineers For Thousands of Years

The concept of pumping away water has preoccupied human for centuries. However, sump pumps did not obtain frequent use in homes in the United States until the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Efforts to devise systems to move water from one location to another have occurred for centuries. Reportedly, the ancient Greek mathematician and inventor Archimedes even worked on this problem!

3. Sump Pumps Prevent Water From Accumulating Underneath a Basement

While sump pumps may help remove pooled water from flooded basements, they serve another, equally important, function. The pump may help prevent water from accumulating in the ground immediately underneath the basement. Where it might eventually cause damage.

During the installation of interior drain systems, a waterproofing company may install a sump pump to help pump water from the basement into a pipe or other desired drainage channel.

4. Sump Pumps Benefit From Regular Maintenance

Just like other household equipment, including air conditioners, water heaters, and furnaces, sump pumps will eventually wear out. As they operate, the pumps sometimes accumulate debris from the water, and this sludge may eventually clog the pump and impede its effective operation.

Sump pumps may benefit from periodic testing, maintenance inspections, and (in some cases) cleaning or replacement.

5. Backup Sump Pump Systems Help in Some Situations

Today, waterproof experts usually recommend  that you install both a sump pump, as well as a backup sump pump. The backup sump pump is for use if the main pump fails. While not always necessary, this strategy may assist property owners in areas in which sump pumps sustain frequent use.

Drivers who carry along spare tires will appreciate the importance of this type of precaution. The backup system typically operates from a power source which will not fail in the event of a power outage.

6. Malfunctioning Sump Pumps Can Become Dangerous

Keep in mind, sump pumps typically run off electricity and they are submerged in water. They actively pump out water from a basement. It’s important to exercise caution if you operate sump pumps or other hydraulic pumps that connect to a power source. Water plus electricity have the potential to spell disaster. Familiarize yourself, be certain to read instruction manuals before you operate sump pumps.

Most noteworthy, water conducts electricity thus it can easily electrocute people. If a flood occurs in your basement, never allow people to blindly wade through the water. If you do have a malfunctioning sump pump, contact with water exposed to a power source could prove dangerous.

The bottom line: you’ll want to take action to prevent basement flooding well before rising water levels can pose a problem in this location.

Our Waterproofing Services

In the Greater Raleigh, Southern Pines, and Fayetteville area, Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions,LLC” offers fast, skilled service installing sump pumps and French Drains.

We address many different types of waterproofing challenges to help homeowners maintain dry, secure basements and crawl spaces.

We install interior drain systems, seal crawl spaces, and build retaining walls. Customers also seek our assistance to control and direct drainage through yards.

When you require expert services that involve these home improvement issues

 

Call Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions,LLC”

919-235-5219

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Useful Information:

1. http://www.divbio.eu/2016/03/20/a-brief-history-of-sump-pump/
2. https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/plumbing/sump-pump.htm
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sump_pump
4. https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/02/25/flooded-basement-some-dos-and-dont/371203002/
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_pump