Your Basement's Sump Pump
Most homeowners are unaware of the way that their sump pump operates. But just a little information about your home's sump pump will save you great deal of unecessary problems. Around most homes is what is called “tiling." Tiling is a tubing that allows water to seep in, as opposed to filtering the water, into your home's basement. Tiling reduces the pressure on basement walls by removing the water from the ground. The water that feeds into the tiling or tubing runs into connected plumbing pipes, which lead into your home and empty into a sump pump pit. This pit is usually in a corner of your basement and contains a basket which holds the water drained into it from your home's tiling system.
The sump pump sits inside the sump pump basket in the location of the gathering water. The sump pump has a PVC pipe, which leads directly upwards from the sump pump basket. If applied correctly, this piping will lead the water away from your home so that it does not work its way back into the sump pump pit again.
Built into the sump pump is a check valve, which monitors the water levels in the sump pump pit, opening when water feeds into the pipe, and closing when the pump is shut off. This mechanism is effective in preventing overflow into the basement.
High Water Alarms
Water alarms detect leaks before costly water damage occurs. This alarm can detect as little as 1/32 in. of water and produces a loud 110 DB alarm that can be heard throughout the house, making it an effective early warning system. A convenient battery-saver feature only uses energy when the alarm is sounding to offer a long battery life. Atlas Restoration works with only the highest-quality names in sump pump alarm systems, so you can be confident that in the event of an overflow from your sump pump, your belongings, your safety, and your peace of mind will not be compromised.
Sump Pump Pits
One of the most important factors in a quality sump pump system is the pit liner or basin. Your sump pump pit's design greatly influences the effectiveness of the entire sump pump system.
Get to Know Your Sump Pump
The first thing you should know about your sump pump is its shape. Depending on design of your sump pump, it can run more or less often and more or less efficiently. In the best case scenario, your sump pump will run less often and allow for greater removal of water when it is turned on, increasing the life of your sump pump system. The size of your sump pump's basin is also important. A basin that is not wide enough may cause collected water to overflow.
Some sump basins have perforated holes around the perimeter, others not. Depending on the design of your entire basement waterproofing system, these perforations may or may not be necessary. In some clay soils around your home, perforations may be needed to help remove water from under the slab. In sandy soils, however, these perforations can cause clogging of the sump pump system.
Your sump pump lid should be sealed, airtight, and moisture proof. The lid is a crucial part of your sump pump basin. If you have children and pets around, the sump pit should be covered to prevent falling in. An airtight lid will prevent moisture and soil gases from spreading throughout your entire home. As the main purpose of a sump basin is to remove water from your home, keeping the water securely covered with a lid is extremely important. Transparent sump lids allow you to see into the sump pit to ensure that everything is operating as it should be. Some lids, such as the ones used by Atlas Restoration, will have a gasket seal surrounding the perimeter of the basin, which helps fight against noise and prevents moisture from entering the living space while allowing you to monitor its function.
A quality basin along with a battery backup sump pump can go a long way towards fixing basement water issues.
One of the most effective parts of your sump pump may be a silent check valve. Atlas Restoration uses only silent check valves that are:
- 1.5" in size
- Quiet, including no loud slamming when the sump flapper closes
- Clear, heavy-duty PVC for monitoring valve operation
- Most effective design for easy repair or pump replacement, including a 1/2 lb. stainless steel spring, and a solvent weld Connection to piping.
At Atlas Restoration, we know that energy conservation is as important to our customers as it is to us. This is why we use a hydra-pump battery back-up system, which provides the following:
- A backup battery charger and case that is positioned on the basement floor to power the backup pump in the event of a power outage or primary sump pump failure.
- A connecting pipe that leads from the backup pump into to the pit and is positioned next to the primary sump pump.
- In the event of high water in the sump pit, your sump pump will have a water level float sensor, which will engage the system as well as an alarm to alert the homeowner the system is operating.
- Water is pumped out of the sump pit through the bacl-up system's included discharge hose, into the main discharge pipe.