Any area inside of your home that sees large quantities of running water will benefit from waterproofing. You don’t want to wait until something has already gone amiss or years of subtle damage have built up to a much larger problem before you take action. Proactively waterproofing areas of your home, or waterproofing immediately following a repair, can keep your home safe for decades to come. Even after a small flood or leak, you won’t have a thing to worry about.
Waterproofing in Basements
Basements are often full of pipes, and are usually the location of a home’s water heater. In homes that don’t have a dedicated laundry room, basements often contain washing machines. These things don’t always have to catastrophically malfunction to damage your basement – any bit of moisture allowed to be absorbed by your basement can become problematic. That musty, dank basement smell comes as a result of moisture being absorbed by the structure.
Waterproofing your basement walls not only reduces the potential for that smell, but protects your basement. Your whole home is resting on top of your basement, and if it starts to collapse, you’re in for a world of trouble. Waterproofing will keep your basement smelling clean and protect your home.
Anywhere there’s water in your home, it’s always a good idea to consider waterproofing. We can waterproof any area of your house, even if you’re only trying to err on the side of caution.
Sump pumps may not sound exciting, but they’re something that homeowners with groundwater issues should look into. A sump pump can serve as the first line of defense between your home and intrusive ground water. If you’re having issues with water coming through your basement floor or wall, a sump pump may be the simplest solution to that problem.
What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump won’t waterproof your home, but it will be a valuable component in any waterproofing that you’ve done. Even if your home isn’t waterproofed, you might benefit from having a sump pump installed. A sump pump is installed in a contained pit, which collects ground water. The water is then discharged to an exterior location away from the house, keeping the basement dry.
The sump pit can be connected to weeping tile lines that channel water away from your foundation wall. The primary function of the system is to channel the groundwater into the pit and then discharge the water back outside. An important tip however is to discharge the water to a location away from the house. If this detail is overlooked, the system will circulate the water as it discharges beside the house, seeps into the ground, makes its way back to the pit and the steps are repeated.
What Kind of Sump Pump Do I Need?
There are high and low capacity sump pumps, however each home may require different specifications. Leave it up to us to take a manufacturer’s recommendation to have the best suited pump for your application.
Where Should Sump Pumps Be Installed?
In many cases the location of a sump pit can be quite flexible, the ideal location is out of the way of the homeowner. All sump pits need to be installed at the same level as the weeping tile which means they are to be installed in the basement of a home.
It is important to note that sump pits are not designed to take the job of floor drains, but instead to manage groundwater and help protect your basement from groundwater infiltration.
What Happens if I Go Without a Sump Pump?
The area that your home is located should determine if you need a sump pump. In some cases homes are equipped with a storm sewer that services the weeping tile. In this situation a sump pump may never be required.
In other instances however when a home is located by a lake, is built on a wetland, or may have a high water table in the area, a sump pit is an ideal solution.
If you think you might need a sump pump, or would like us to do an assessment, give us a call. We would be happy to work with you on a solution.Back
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