Why Do I Need A Back-Up Sump System?

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battery back up sump pumpI’ve been in thousands of homes in my waterproofing career and some have very expensive finished basements. I’ll always ask if a client has a battery back-up sump pump. I ask because a properly sized back-up system can be a very inexpensive insurance policy against a flooded basement. Many homeowners think insurance will cover the damage. It might. Have you checked? Often the details reveal a different story.

Even if you have coverage, imagine your beautiful basement flooded. Everything is ruined. Everything needs to be torn out and thrown away. Lost priceless family belongings. The smell is overpowering, not to mention the mold and the invasion of workers doing cleanup, remediation, and rebuilding the basement. Scheduling, noise, dust, inconvenience, time off work…all this because your sump pump failed.

Why Do I Need One?

Water never stops. Gravity never stops. The weakest point of any waterproofing system is the mechanical part. During a powerful storm is when you need your system the most. Ironically, that’s the exact time when your system is most vulnerable to power outages. Our Battery Back-up Sump Pump System kicks on automatically when the power fails and can function flawlessly for several days. Also, a Midwest Waterproofing Battery Back-up System will operate in the case of a primary pump failure and alert you to the issue. You are never without an operational pump.

Can I Install a Battery Back-Up Sump Pump Myself?

Invariably I hear the homeowner say, “I’ll just pick one up at Home Depot.” This is not a good idea. A cheap, undersized back-up sump pump can be rendered useless if not installed correctly, maintained regularly and tested often. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have a full day or weekend, the tools, materials, and experience to install a battery back-up system?
  • Extra PVC (1-1/2″ or 2″ pipe), connectors, primer, glue, freeze stops and check valves laying around for added discharges?
  • How about your electrical skills? Can you install a dedicated outlet and a new circuit breaker?
  • Are you willing to pour acid into the battery, charge the system and check the water levels regularly?  
  • Do you know if your pit and pumps are sized correctly with the appropriate GPM’s and head pressure to handle the water in your system?
  • Do you know the building codes in your area and how to keep your discharge system from freezing and the water away from the house?  
  • How about the warranty? Will you be standing in line at Home Depot with your “Limited Warranty” pump during a storm trying to get a replacement while your basement fills with water?

 Hmmm….

A professionally sized and installed battery back-up sump system will keep your system functioning seamlessly for several days without power. Your Waterproofing Expert will use a formula to calculate the amount of water your system produces based on several factors. System length, Gallons Per Minute, Head Pressure, and more go into calculating an appropriate Battery Back-up Sump System.  We professionally install the entire system and it comes with an in-home repair or replacement warranty.

Our Battery Back-up Sump Pump Systems start at about $1000 and can exceed $5000.  We have the expertise to install a system for the average home or an elaborate system with dual pumps and pits, back-ups and connection to the sewer system.

Now is the time to contact Midwest Waterproofing to discuss a Battery Back-up System with your Waterproofing Expert. Click here to Book Online or call 815-245-6890

Prepare for Spring Showers with Basement Waterproofing

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Spring is finally here in the Midwest and it can be a beautiful time of year. The combination of warmer temperatures and rain make the landscape bloom and turn green. It can be the perfect time to get together with friends and family and enjoy all of the new life that is growing around us. Unfortunately, that rain is not always kind to homeowners and their basements. If a home is not properly waterproofed, it can cause havoc in a basement. Depending on where you live in the Midwest, you may only really need a good sump pump and great drainage, but other homes will need much more than that to keep water away and out of your basement. If the ground around your home slopes down toward your home, your home may basically sit in a puddle all season. That is awful for the stability and longevity of your basement. Homes like this one will likely need two forms of basement waterproofing; internal waterproofing systems (like sump pumps, drain tile, and crack repair) and external waterproofing systems (like an exterior waterproofing membrane and yard drainage).

Regardless of how much waterproofing your home needs, nearly all Midwestern homes need at least one form or another. Here is how you can easily tell if your basement is in need of waterproofing:

  • Basement cracks
  • Water leaks
  • Mold and mildew
  • Wood rot
  • Water stains
  • Flooding

If you are encountering these problems, you need basement waterproofing. If you already have a sump pump and other forms of waterproofing, there is always the possibility that you need a replacement or other forms of waterproofing to keep your basement safe.

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Midwest Waterproofing can provide you with the solutions you need to keep your basement safe and dry this spring and for years to come! Contact us today for a free inspection and estimate. We understand that projects like these are often not in the normal homeowner’s budget, but waiting to get these problems fixed will only make them worse and more expensive. That is why we have financing options for your basement waterproofing project. Give us a call today to learn more!

 

Common Problem: Water in Yard

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Do you have that problem spot in your yard where, every time it rains, there’s a puddle? If this spot is close to your home, especially around your foundation, that puddle can cause major damage including sinking, settling, foundation cracks, leaks, and more! The best ways to avoid this are proper gutter installation and making sure they stay clean, especially during the rainy season, and making sure any grading issues around your foundation are fixed.  You may need yard drainage contractors to help you fix these problems. If your foundation is also experiencing problems, Midwest Waterproofing can help you with yard drainage and foundation repair!

Midwest Waterproofing, your Yard Drainage Contractors

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Contact us to schedule your free inspection and estimate. We provide a variety of services from yard drainage to waterproofing and foundation repair. We’ll give you all the solutions you need to fix your foundation and keep your home safe. Underground downspouts, sump pump extensions, or installing a more complex drainage system which may include French drains and surface drains which will collect surface water and discharge it to a storm sewer if one is available, are all solutions to water in your yard. We will be able to tell you which options are best for your specific situation. Curious about financing options? We can help you there as well!

If the water in your yard has already caused foundation issues, you may need underpinning or wall anchors to support your foundation. This will also fix any foundation cracks, leaks, and more. For these services in the northwest Illinois area, make sure to contact us here at Midwest Waterproofing! We use top quality repair products from Earth Contact Products (ECP), so you can be sure your repairs will last a lifetime. Give us a call to schedule your inspection or to learn more.

Avoiding a Leaking Basement in the Winter

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Winter can be hard on your foundation and your basement. During the fall, rain and flurries can make the soil moist, causing it to expand and put pressure on your foundation. This can cause cracking. Any rain or melting snow can leak through these cracks, leaving puddles in your basement.

In the winter, the soil will freeze, causing it to contract and pull away from your foundation. This can leave voids underneath your foundation. Without the support of the soil, your foundation can crack or even settle into the voids. This can cause a variety of issues for your foundation and your basement!

Leaking Basement and Other Foundation Problems

leaking basementThe easiest ways to tell if you are experiencing foundation problems is to keep an eye out for cracks, sticking doors or windows, sloping floors, bowing walls, and leaks around your basement. In order to avoid these problems, especially the ones having to do with leaks and water, make sure your home is waterproofed. Having a sump pump is vital, but you may want to consider an exterior waterproofing membrane. This will keep all moisture out of your basement. Our products are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), which are of the highest quality, as well.

Another way to prevent or remove these issues is to look into foundation repair. Foundation repair will often fix cracks that let in water. Patching a crack may be a good temporary fix, but it won’t fix the root of the problem, which is foundation settlement. Until that problem is fixed, your cracks will only continue to grow.

We here at Midwest Waterproofing provide both waterproofing and foundation repair services. Contact us today for a free in-home inspection and estimate. We want to make sure your foundation is safe for you and your family, so we will give you options that will fit your budget. We also have options for financing. We understand that these services are not cheap, but we want to make sure your living space is safe and secure! Give us a call today to learn more.

Don’t DIY your Sump Pump Installation

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Have you ever been in a situation where your basement has had leaks, puddles, or even flooding? It can be a scary situation because it can ruin your possessions, causes damage to your basement, and it is hard to clean up. It can also lead to a number of problems down the road including mold and mildew, wood rot, and even pests! So how do you protect your basement from water damage?

There are a few steps you can take to keep water away from your basement and your foundation, but easily one of the most important ones is a sump pump. If you experience water in your basement regularly–for example, each spring–then a sump pump is a must for you, especially if you do not have one already.

Waterproofing and Sump Pump Installation

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A sump pump is a basin that is placed at the lowest part of your basement. All water will drain into and when enough water is inside, it will turn on and pump the water away from your home. In other words, it is energy efficient since it does not run all the time; only when it needs to. What happens if the power goes out?

Battery backup sump pumps provide you safety during storms, flash flooding, etc. If the power goes out, your battery backup sump pump will turn on and provide you with instant peace of mind. You won’t have to worry about your basement flooding if your power goes out! It’s definitely something you will want to consider when looking into sump pump installation.

Sump Pumps: Not a DIY Project

Sump pumps are a very integral part of a home, especially in places like the Midwest that gets lots of seasonal rain and flooding. If not installed correctly, your basement and even your home could flood, causing hundreds if not thousands of dollars in damages. You want to make sure your home is protected, so make sure to hire a professional. It may be more expensive, but it is a much safer way and you can be sure that you will avoid much more costly repairs. We can provide you with waterproofing services including sump pump installation and battery backup sump pump installation. Give us a call here at Midwest Waterproofing! You can also book your appointment online.