When you have a perimeter drainage system installed in your home, your sump pump is your main line of defense against a basement flood. If you have a weak sump pump or it fails during a heavy rainstorm, your home is very susceptible to flooding and your floors, walls, and personal belongings could get ruined!
Common issues with sump pumps include clogging, power failure, or incapable of working during torrential rain. At Foundation Recovery Systems, we install high-quality sump pump systems that have enough power to keep large spaces safe from flooding and also have backup options in the event of a power failure!
We service central Missouri and Eastern Kansas, including Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia, Moberly, and Springfield. We can help you dry your basement! For a free sump pump system inspection, call or e-mail us today!
Sump Pump Systems
There are several different types of home waterproofing measures available to you. When you’re looking for an interior drainage system, however, that actively works against seepage and other types of water damage, you’ll want to consider what a sump pump system can do for you.
Sump Pumps and Your Home
Sump pumps are devices that move water out of your home. These pumps are placed in pits dug specifically to catch water. During occasions when the pump is activated, it will move the water through the discharge line and drain the water away from your home.
Sump pumps prove effective when paired with an interior drainage system. These pumps direct water back out of your home as it comes indoors. Instead of allowing that water to settle in the ground again, however, a pump will contain the water and release it at a more controlled rate. This means you won’t have to overwork the pump you’re using by having it remove the same burst of water from your home over and over again. As a bonus, a number of sump pumps available to you through a local contractor come equipped with accessories. These can include:
- Alarms. If your pump fails to turn on in the midst of a storm or flood, then alarms affiliated with the system can start to go off to let you know that something’s wrong.
- Sump Liners. Sump pump liners help keep the inner workings of your sump pump secure, even after long-term exposure to high levels of moisture or excessive standing water.
- Airtight Lids. The water that makes its way into your home isn’t always the cleanest. An airtight sump pump lid helps keep those unpleasant smells—and additional humidity—from reaching the rest of your home.
- Sump Stands. Sump pump stands help separate your pump from its liner, meaning that any debris a liner pulls away from the pump won’t come into contact with the pump’s sensitive inner works.
- Antifreeze lines. Sump pump pipes can start to freeze as the weather takes a turn. The FreezeGuard™ exterior discharge line attachment allows the water being pumped out to continue to escape and drain as normal even if the line freezes or becomes blocked.
Choosing a Backup
Upon installing a sump pump, you also have the option to equip it with some manner of backup pump. There are several different backup pumps available to you, including:
- Generator-powered pumps. In many ways, generator-powered sump pumps are nearly identical to traditional pumps. As the name suggests, these pumps do require you to purchase a generator to operate them, should you not already have one in place. While that purchase can be inconvenient, it can also help you maintain basic operations throughout your home if the power does happen to go out during a storm.
- AC-powered pumps. AC backup pumps consist of an additional pump, a deep cycle battery, and a battery charger. This means that these pumps will run until their batteries run out of power, making them ideal additions to a basement that floods on a regular basis.
- Water-powered pumps. For irony’s sake, you can always opt to install a water-powered backup pump in addition to a traditional pump. Should the floodwaters in your basement rise above a set level, a water-powered pump will start to float lift. That float will open a set valve, better allowing the water to flow into the pump. There, the energy generated from the flow of water will push the backup pump into action. In turn, the pump will direct that unwanted water into a system of pipes installed outside of your home.
- Battery-powered pumps. Battery backup pumps are among the most traditional backup pumps to find use along with standard pumps. These pumps do require consistent battery replacements, as they can often run out of power after a night of hard work. However, there’ll be no need to invest in additional accessories to see these pumps do their work.
Note that it is often in your best interest to invest in a battery backup. However, feel free to discuss some of the other options you have available to you with the contractors in your area.
Even as you work to protect your home from all manner of damage, protecting your basement or crawl space, let alone your foundation, may not be the first thing on your mind. However, when you invest in home waterproofing measures like a sump pump, you not only protect your home’s stability but the health of your family as well.
Water Damage Around Your Home
Your basement or crawl space will let you know when something’s gone wrong with their structural integrity. If you’re more interested in getting ahead of this kind of damage, however, then you are reacting to it, you’ll want to invest in home waterproofing measures sooner rather than later. If you choose not to protect your home from unanticipated water damage, you may rapidly find yourself contending with:
- Warping door and window frames
- Fogging windows
- Water spots
- Mold clusters
- Unpleasant smells throughout your home
- Sagging floors
- Bowing walls
- A damaged foundation
While professional contractors can help you contend with all the above, doing so can be a costly endeavor. Alternatively, you can install a sump pump to better control the flow of water throughout a specific part of your home. In turn, you can prevent the kind of damage that not only makes your home less comfortable to live in but that actively devalues your property.
Water Damage and Your Family’s Health
Unfortunately, the water damage in your basement, crawl space, or foundation doesn’t just impact the structural integrity of your home. It can also have an immediate and detrimental impact on the health of your family. High levels of humidity throughout your home can aggravate pre-existing health conditions that your loved ones may suffer from. If you live in those conditions for long enough, even parties that previously didn’t exhibit conditions like asthma may begin to develop their symptoms.
These conditions can all appear even before mold takes root in your home. There is not a single mold that you want to live alongside for an extended period of time. Instead, if mold is able to take root in a water-damaged basement, crawl space, or foundation, you’ll want to work with mold remediation professionals immediately to see how best you can remove it from your property. Molds can not only worsen pre-existing conditions, but they can also introduce long-term chronic illness and respiratory problems to even the healthiest residents in your home. The sooner you have a chance to act against this kind of development in your space, the better.
Cheaper sump pumps will see a number of problems, especially if they are incorrectly installed, cannot handle a large volume of water at once, or are unequipped for cold weather.
Clogging and Frozen Pipes
Cheap sump pumps are prone to clogging more often. The pipes that lead up to the pump itself may become clogged with mud, dirt, or other debris. The various mechanisms and switches that make up the sump pump may also become tangled or clogged with the very debris it is trying to pump away.
Come winter, any water this pump collects could also freeze over and clog your system that way as well. This can cause the system to fail or even break if the ice expands too far. Sump pumps, installed by an experienced professional, will be customized to suit the needs of your home. At Foundation Recovery Systems, we offer the FreezeGuard™ anti-freeze device as an additional feature on all systems as well.
Burnt Out Sump Pumps
Sump pumps are very prone to overworking during storms or other events where large volumes of water are collected in its system. Many cheaper sump pumps also tend to be made of plastic, which can easily melt if the sump pump becomes overworked and too much water tries to flow into its system.
You need a sump pump that is capable of handling any kind of weather. Our sump pumps can not only gather and redirect thousands of gallons of water, but they also are encased in tough cast-iron. You can bet that these pumps will never melt or give out no matter what!
When you move to protect your home against unwanted water damage, you’ll want to be sure that you’re working with the best tools available. To do so, you’ll want to be aware of the conditions your future sump pump may be working in and what kind of work you’ll want it to do.
Working Against External and Internal Forces
Your ideal sump pump needs to be able to stand up against all manner of damage that attempts to make its way into your home. That means contending with hydrostatic pressure.
As rainwater gathers the ground outside of your home, it can come into direct contact with the materials making up your foundation or structural supports. Because this water makes it difficult for those materials to maintain a consistent temperature, those materials can begin to expand and contract on a molecular level. If those materials are overexposed to this kind of rapid change, they can start to crack from the stress of that exposure. The force of water as it works against the rest of your home is known as hydrostatic pressure, and it can cause the vast majority of the leaks and cracks that appear throughout your basement or crawl space. Of course, hydrostatic pressure can also build up inside of your home if your pipes start to leak, so you’ll want to be especially careful when contending with the overall stability of your home and the tools you believe you need to bring it back into order.
Finding the Best Sump Pump for You
Waterproofing your home is a highly individualized process. You can, however, consider installing the high-quality SafeDri™ Sump Pump Systems, which can be customized to suit different installation points. This includes basements or crawl spaces, but only if they’ve seen the repairs they need to bring them back into proper condition. As soon as your home has been appropriately stabilized, then you can install a SafeDri™ Sump Pump and see just how much better it is to live in a home that doesn’t always have to contend with water damage.
If you’re still not sure what kind of sump pump or sump pump accessories might suit your home best, however, you can always talk over your options with the professionals in your area. After a thorough home inspection, a professional can fit you with a free personalized services quote detailing what repairs your space may need and, in turn, what sump pump will best help keep water away from your structural supports.
Our Sump Pump Systems
There are many parts and pieces to a sump pump that play a vital role in keeping your basement dry and flood-free. Our sump pump systems include the following features:
Protection During the Winter
Your sump pump will also need protection from freezing during the cold winter months. We offer our FreezeGuard® anti-freeze device as an additional feature you can add on to your sump pump system:
- FreezeGuard® Discharge Line Protection: Avoid your discharge line freezing during winter. Our FreezeGuard® discharge line keeps it from freezing and is low-maintenance for the homeowner. This specifically designed grated adapter is located outside where the discharge line exits the house. If the pipe underground freezes in the winter, water can still be pumped out without the worry of backups into your basement!
At Foundation Recovery Systems, we offer the top of the line SafeDri™ Sump Pump Systems which can be customized to any foundation, crawl space, or basement.