One of the most common reasons for water in a basement or crawlspace is the failure of a sump pump. A pump failure can be catastrophic resulting in several feet of water in the basement or crawlspace damaging personal belongings and major mechanical systems like furnaces and water heaters.
The weak link in any drain tile system is the sump pump system as it is a mechanical means of removing water and discharging it to grade or ideally into a storm sewer that takes it away from the building. No different than a car, dishwasher or washing machine, the mechanical sump pump will break and render it useless to pump water. Unfortunately, the sump pump is an easy item to forget to maintain or replace because it is sitting in a sump pump basin usually tucked into a dark corner of the basement or crawlspace.
Whether replacing a sump pump system or installing a new system in conjunction with a drain tile system, the sump pump system should be designed to meet the specific requirements of the situation; not just tucked back in the corner as an afterthought.
A complete, high quality sump pump system should include two main components, a cast iron primary pump and a cast iron backup pump that operates on AC or DC power. The primary sump pump is responsible for pumping water out of the sump pump basin when water enters and rises high enough to trigger the switch to turn on. The back up pump should be similar in pumping ability as the primary pump as you do not want to sacrifice capacity in an emergency situation.
All the primary sump pump and battery backup pump systems Midwest Waterproofing installs satisfy these requirements. If you have an older sump pump system, no battery backup sump pump or just want more information about what sump pump system is right for your situation, contact us for a free consultation. If you want to learn more about sump pumps, visit our Education Center.