For peace-of-mind, let the experts at BDry install your sump pump.
Your sump pump is the central point of your waterproofing system. Don’t trust it to just anyone to install. Call BDry for a Free Inspection and Estimate of your basement or crawlspace.
At BDry, we’ve done the research on all the various makes and models of sump pumps. We’ve tested different brands, tested different models, and tested all the features. We only sell the most reliable, longest lasting, and durable pumps available. You wouldn’t want anything less for your home, nor would we install anything but the best.
Where to Locate Your Sump Pump
When BDry installs a sump pump, care is taken to choose the right location for the pump to be placed. It’s not always a case of saying that you want to have the sump pump placed in a corner of the unfinished part of your basement. Or close to the crawlspace door for easy access.
Considerations may be:
- Where there may be a significant low spot
- Where water may have pooled on your floor in the past
- Where the heaviest water is entering your basement or crawlspace
- Water heaters, furnaces, or oil tanks may be blocking the best locations
The Sump Pump Pit and Basin or Liner
Once the location is chosen, a hole is dug. In a basement or crawlspace, if concrete is present, the floor will be jackhammered and a hole dug. Then a special liner is placed in the hole and set level with the floor.
This liner is not a 5-gallon bucket. It’s not a laundry basket. It’s not a garbage can. And it’s not simply a dirt-lined hole. (We’ve seen it all!)
Features of a BDry sump liner include:
- A sturdy plastic liner that won’t crush, rust, rot or allow mold growth.
- Drilled liner holes drain water beneath the floor (in the presence of looser, sandy soils, a solid liner may be opted for).
- An air-tight cover prevents water vapor and odors from rising into the space.
- Prefabricated pass-throughs in the lid for discharge lines, electricity to the pump, and dehumidifier drainage.
Selecting the Best Sump Pump
Next the pump goes into the sump hole or pit. Selecting the right pump is as important as any other part of your waterproofing system. How do you know what pump to choose? There are many options and your local hardware center or big box store will carry their partner’s products.
Selecting the right-size pump is as important as the materials and features. If a sump pump is too small for a job, it will not last. The motor will run frequently and never be able to keep out the water. On the other hand, if a sump pump is too big for the job it will turn on and off frequently. This is bad for a motorized pump and can cause it to burn out or need to be replaced sooner than later.
To make it easy on you, we’ve done the research. So you can rest easy knowing that you’re getting the best pumping system available and right-sized for your situation.
The installation of a sump pump requires know-how. A sump pump has many areas of installation that all must work together for the pump to work properly. If it doesn’t, you may find yourself once again with a wet basement or crawlspace.
For a Free Inspection and Estimate of your particular situation, call BDry to schedule a visit.
Learn More about Sump Pumps
A sump pump is a pump that is placed in a sump pit or hole. A sump pump removes water from areas where it should not be – in particular your basement or crawlspace!
Sump pumps are particularly helpful in basements that accumulate water that arrives via the walls and floors. Waterproofing a home and having a proper sump pump installed are the two key components of keeping a wet lower level dry. When water accumulates, it falls down into the sump basin. The water then is pumped out of the home through a drainage system and outside of the home to a distance where it won’t return into the basement or crawlspace.
Rain and natural groundwater is known to enter many homes in the U.S. and there are many waterproofing systems that were designed to tackle this problem.
Sump pumps are what you want to use if experiencing regular flooding as a remedy. When your water table is above the foundation of your home, water enters your home and causes dampness or even flooding. Sump pumps used in this type of situation will alleviate the water table problems.
Pumps must discharge the water captured and it is crucial that your drainage system, as well as your discharge area are planned well and clear of any blockage. The discharge should be placed a safe distance from your home, keeping the slope of the land in mind. If the water returns toward your structure, your sump pump system was not installed correctly.
You may want to check with your local plumbing codes depending on the State in which you live. There may be particular regulations regarding discharging your water outside of your home, especially if it may enter a pubic sewer system or other public area. The discharge must be kept far from sanitary sewers, by all means. Fines may be imposed if not handled correctly. If you have inherited your sump pump in the home you have purchased, you may want to verify the discharge system.
Sump pumps are powered by electricity, however, a reliable system must also include a battery back-up in case your home loses power during a heavy storm, be it rain or snow. When snow melts, it really moves and without a battery back-up or electricity, your pump will be useless. If you have a prolonged loss of power to your home, you may need to consider contacting your local plumber or waterproofing company to ask for advice.
There are essentially two different types of sump pumps, pedestal pumps and submersible. In the pedestal type, the motor is mounted above the sump. This pump set up makes for easy service if that is needed. The pedestal also offers and impeller, driven by a long shaft enclosed in the housing of the base of the pump. For the submersible pump, it is entirely mounted inside the pump. This pump is specially sealed to prevent short circuits. Which system is better? This will depend on the situation on which it is being used.
Sump Pump Check Valves
A properly installed sump pump is installed with a check valve. A check valve is a device that prevents water from coming back down the discharge line or piping and re-entering the sump pump. Remember from above that we said that 99.99% of sump pumps first pump water upward and then out of your basement or crawlspace. If the pump is pumping water 8-feet upward in a 1-1/2-inch pipe, then there can be a significant amount of water in the upward, vertical part of the pipe when the pump cycles off. To prevent that water from falling back down into the pump basin, BDry installs a check valve.
Think of a check valve like a heart valve. Blood only moves in one direction to and from your heart because a valve opens and closes.
How Far Should I Pump Water away from my Foundation?
When designing your waterproofing system, where to discharge the water being pumped away from your basement or crawlspace is an important consideration. Although there is no exact distance that water should be discharged away from a house, a rule of thumb is generally a minimum of eight feet.
Why eight feet? Because when most homes are built, the soil is dug out approximately eight feet away from where the home’s footing is poured. Once the home construction is completed, loose soil is returned to fill-in the space around the foundation. This loose soil is easier for water to penetrate – even after decades. Pumping the water beyond this loose soil ensures that it does not easily re-enter your home.
Where is the best location to discharge my sump pump water?
The water in your basement or crawlspace has to go somewhere. Few yards have the perfect place to discharge the water pumped from your basement or crawlspace. At the time of design, your BDry system designer will work with you to find the best location.
Some things to keep in mind when choosing a discharge location for your sump pump:
- A slope is preferable. Water runs downhill. Finding a slope to drain water away from your home is the best option.
- Your property. We don’t want to cause flooding in your yard or your neighbor’s yard. However, if no other option fails, you may have to choose the less of two bad situations and flood a less trafficked area of your yard rather than flooding your basement or crawlspace.
- It is illegal in most states to discharge your pumped water into a sewer system.
How much does a sump pump cost?
There are three elements that make up a sump pump system. First is the pump itself. Second is the basin or liner that the pump is placed in. Third is the physical digging of the hole and the overall installation of the service. The price will vary based on the quality and pumping capacity of the pump needed. Plus, it will depend on whether you need a battery backup system and pump as well. You can expect to spend anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 for a good pumping system.
How do I know if I need a sump pump?
A sump pump is designed to remove water from your basement or crawl space. It does this by taking in the water and discharging it outside of the home at a safe distance from the foundation. Water can enter your home in many ways, caused by excessive rain, melting snow, a naturally highwater table or a combination of both. If you have water entering your basement or crawlspace, chances are you need a sump pump. Having a BDry waterproofing professional inspect your home is a good first step. The inspection and price estimate are free in you are in our service area. A waterproofing professional will help to locate where the water is coming in. They can check your foundation and see if there are cracks or other problems where water is entering. Besides the sump pump, a BDry professional can also suggest drainage channels and other solutions that may keep your lower level dry.
Sump Pump Maintenance
How to Care for Your Sump Pump
BDry is one of the only companies to offer an annual maintenance program for their sump pumps and waterproofing systems. Why? Because BDry is one of the only waterproofing companies with a Service Department.
To keep your basement or crawlspace waterproofing system in optimal working condition, BDry recommends that you have an annual maintenance performed on your system.
Think about your furnace or HVAC equipment. Think about changing motor oil in your vehicles, lawn mowers, and other mechanical equipment. Your sump pump and waterproofing system are similar. They work best with annual service done on them. BDry’s annual maintenance program will keep your sump pump and waterproofing system running smoothly.
You can talk to your system designer or look out for a postcard and email when your system nears its anniversary.
What Can I do if I my Pump isn’t Working?
Check the power. Sometimes a plug gets unplugged and forgotten. Check the circuit breaker as well.
If it’s not the power, call the location that installed your system first. They will have your paperwork and understand your system best.
Need a battery backup system for your sump pump system? Call your local office or if you’re a new visitor, contact us through the website. See more on battery backup sump pumps here.