The sump pump in your basement drainage system is the heart of the whole operation. And just like the heart, if the sump pump stops working, the entire system shuts down. When that happens, your basement gets flooded. In order to put that much trust in a basement waterproofing system, you need to know you can fully rely on your sump pump.
Like any integrated system, the pump is an important element but is only one of many that make up the entire system.
We install the sump system and we supply the pump which will be connected by the customer’s plumber.
Paying attention to these other parts of your basement waterproofing system- and the sump pump- will let you have a dry and worry-free basement for a very long time.
Mrs. Emannuelle, a client from St-Anicet, was having water infiltration problems that were damaging her entire basement area, even though she had already a pedestal sump pump installed in the basement.
After contacting us, we have recommended the replacement of her old sump pump system with the new SuperSump pump since the old one was not efficient and was letting moisture come inside the house.
This house in Les Coteaux was in a very bad state.
Water was coming into the basement during each thaw season, which was deteriorating the place and causing too much moisture in the area.
After finding our company, Mr. Frank called us and asked for our free inspection.
Our client Mr. Frank wanted to keep his entire basement dry. His basement had been finished and he wanted to protect it.
Our customer chose the product known as the TripleSafe pump which included; 3 pumps (2 electric, 1 battery), 2 alarms and 1 drain. This product guarantees a dry basement, even in the case of water infiltration. Ideal for a client who has had one or more water infiltrations in the past, a client in an area prone to flooding or a client who wants to renovate or complete his basement and who wants to protect his investment. It is strongly suggested that you install a TripleSafe prior to basement renovations.
This pump will typically include one or more IceGuards. The IceGuard helps prevent the water which the pump sends outside the house from freezing. If this discharge is prevented by frozen water, it will return to the pump and break it, thus making it useless. This water will therefore go to your basement.
A Lawnscape is also often used at this water outlet to prevent soil erosion, damage surrounding landscaping and prevent entry of insects. Each of these elements has been specifically created to collect the large amounts of rain during our Quebec springs.
A Sump Liner
The actual sump pump itself must sit below the level of the floor. That means a rigid liner is needed to ensure the pump does not sit in a dirt-filled hole, clog up with mud and collect debris.
An Air-Sealed Lid
An air-tight cover will not let collected water evaporate out into your basement, preventing moisture build-up in the air. The sealed lid will also reduce the noise the pump makes when operating and will prevent items from falling in and possibly causing failure.
Having a floor drain designed into your sump lid will allow the system to collect water that may come from pipe leakage or water main breaks.
A Pump Stand
The sump pump sits down in the liner where the water collects. In order to avoid the pump sitting directly on the floor of the liner where it could clog on collected debris, the CleanPump Stand lifts the pump up enough to allow sediments to not affect the pump. The pump stand also keeps debris from jamming the check valve and exit pipe.
In an un-alarmed system, the only way you will know if the system has failed is if your basement floods, and by then it's too late. Having a battery-operated alarm signal that lets you know when the water reaches a certain height in the liner (above the switch on stage but below the overspill height) will save you a lot of worry.
There are certain occurrences that will most certainly happen in the lifetime of your basement drain system. You should be prepared for....
The right combination of basement products incorporated into your sump pump system will ensure that you never have to complain about your flooded basement ever again.