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In this article, we acknowledge that most of the plumbing work done needs to be reviewed regularly and the necessary repairs done. It is only by doing this, that we shall be able to solve the issue of leakages and basement flooding for once and for all. The technical term for the reinforcement of buildings is basement waterproofing. This procedure is carried out to ensure that water does not seep from beneath into the basement thus maintaining the structural integrity of the foundation and the building.
There are quite a good number of methods that can be used for basement waterproofing. These include among others;
o Providing interior water drainage
o Increasing the ventilation of the basement
o Utilizing sump pumps
o Using interior walls and floor sealers, and
o Providing the building with exterior drainage accompanied by waterproofing coatings
Our main focus of the day will be the use of sump pumps. The rest of the methods will be discussed in our other articles.
What Are Sump Pumps?
These are pumps that are used to remove water accumulated in a sump basin. The water finds its way into the sump basins through the perimeter drains of basement waterproofing systems. Sometimes rain and natural ground water constitute a significant portion of the water accumulated in the sump basins. This method of reclaiming basements from pools of water is mainly called upon in the case where flooding was the cause of the water.
As a company, and other companies in Chicago, we have time and time after relied upon this method to help our customers across the state navigate their way through trying times such as when floods hit or there is a leak in one of the water pipes running through the basement. When the flooding waters accumulate to the point where the building’s foundation is completely submerged, sump pumps become the best option.
So, just how do these sump pumps work? The sump pumps are used to drain the water away from the basement and send it to the municipal storm drain or the dry well. In older installations, the pumps might also dump the water into the sanitary sewer, a process that greatly violates the plumbing codes and municipal bylaws. Most of the sump pumps are electrically hardwired into the buildings electrical system with battery backups being provided.
We shall take a look at the battery backup sump pumps in a short while. In the meantime, let us mention that there are generally two types of sump pumps: the submergible type and the pedestal type. The pedestal pumps are mounted above the sump and their impellers are driven by long, vertical shafts. The submergible pumps have their entire structure firmly mounted inside the sump. Electrical insulation is thus necessary to prevent electrical shocks due to water contact.
What Are Sump Pump Battery Backups?
A secondary sump pump is always provided just in case the primary system fails. This secondary system is usually battery powered and it is this system that is referred to as the sump pump battery backup. The connection of the two systems in always parallel so as to allow continuous, uninterrupted use if the first system fails. To work efficiently, the secondary battery powered system requires the following components.
o A 12-volt battery driven sump pump complete with water level sensors, pipes, and check valves. All the pipes should join at the valves to prevent a reverse flow of the water through the primary.
o The sump pump should only be running on marine deep cycle types of batteries or any other long-life standby battery. Sump pumps require smaller currents for long, a thing that most auto batteries in the market cannot guarantee.
o Last but not least, the secondary system will require a trickle-charge battery charger. Special controllers for managing and monitoring the system might also come in handy.
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