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.

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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

Achieving Better Basement Moisture Control

September 24th, 2017

Moisture Control Matters in Basements

Today, a growing number of homeowners appreciate the vital importance of keeping residential basements clean and dry. Water seeping into the interior through damp basement walls or flowing back into the residence from a malfunctioning basement drain poses a significant hazard. It may damage air quality, or even cause structural problems.

Some Helpful Guidelines

Consider using some of these tips to achieve dry basement conditions throughout the year:

1. Ascertain the source of water entering damp basements.

Many factors contribute to the development of moisture in basement areas. Some of the most common potential sources include:

  • An elevated water table;
  • Leaky plumbing or a leaky roof;
  • Water soaking through basement walls into the interior of the home;
  • Very high local humidity;
  • Flooding in some low-lying terrains;

By identifying the chief source (or sources) of moisture in the basement, you’ll find yourself in a much better position to correct this problem.

2. Use a dehumidifier to help reduce basement moisture.

Installing a dehumidifier system in the basement helps some homeowners reduce moisture in basements and lower levels of a residence. In fact, some experts recommend using this technology on a 24/7 basis in some locales. Today many dehumidifying systems activate automatically, triggered by ambient room humidity.

3. Obtain regular plumbing inspections and maintenance.

Asking a qualified plumber to check over your plumbing system on at least an annual basis helps ensure leaky water, sewer pipes or malfunctioning drains won’t contribute to basement water accumulation and dampness. Although some pipes, such as high-grade copper pipes, will function well for decades, after the passage of time aging pipes eventually wear out. Repairing sections of corroded or broken pipe promptly ensures leaks won’t spew water into lower areas of the residence.

4. Ensure any basement household laundry appliances vent outside the basement.

Some older homes still rely on basement laundry rooms. If your appliances operate with popular vent systems, you’ll want to ensure the hot, moist air from these machines exits outside the basement, not where it could cause condensation to occur along interior walls. (However, take care to position vents in a way which prevents water from the exterior of the home from draining back inside the basement through vent systems during periods of heavy rain)

5. Consider seeking sump pump installation to promote a dry basement if your reside in an area subject to water buildup.

Sump pumps perform valuable service in basements in many locations in the United States. These pumps help force water out of basement areas. They may prove especially useful in preventing seasonal water accumulation, for instance. A waterproofing expert can provide assistance helping you select the best type of sump pump for your home’s basement.

6. Take steps to dampness-proof basement walls, especially foundation walls located below ground-level.

Sealing cracks helps prevent moisture from seeping inside the basement. Try and determine the basis for the formation of the crack; in some cases, this symptom could signify issues warranting the attention of waterproofing experts and/or construction engineers.

7. Don’t permit untreated woods to come into direct contact with the ground in lower levels of your home.

In some older homes, unfinished basements lack flooring. Wooden steps may directly contact excavated soil in these locations. Homes with low-lying windows may expose window frames to seeping water. Adjoining wet soil causes moisture to leak into the wood and create rotting and moldy conditions. This situation may even attract termites. One important aspect of basement moisture control involves remedying these situations. Protecting wood with waterproofing surface treatments and the application of waterproof siding helps minimize water penetration. Additionally, excavating around the exteriors of low-lying basement windows to install covered window wells sometimes proves very helpful also.

If Moisture Problems Persist

If you take steps to control moisture in a finished or unfinished basement yet problems persist, give serious consideration to consulting a full-time waterproofing firm. For instance, we offer services to help maintain a dry, comfortable environment in basements. We’ll help develop a plan to help keep the lower levels of residential property dry, and structurally sound.

The investment you make in eliminating dampness from a residential basement now may help enhance your household’s quality of daily life. Over the course of time, waterproofing returns other long term benefits, too. It helps optimize the anticipated useful lifespan of a residence. Measures to control dampness in basements help promote mildew and mold-free environments, for instance. Taking simple moisture-control steps can yield tremendous savings!