Congratulations on your Basement Waterproofing System. We believe our 30 years of experience is the best in the post-construction industry. Here are some tips that can help you get the most out of your investment. Your contract warranty includes seepage through the walls and floors; however, there are some items every homeowner should be aware of.
Beware of a pour or inadequate grade, whereby water shedding off your roof will not run toward the foundation wall. Puddles that build up or simply flow toward a wall can find simple cracks to bleed into your basement. Many people will count on gutters to remove this water, however, they often overflow, are not cleaned or in heavy down pours, simply overflow their capacity. Beware the discharge of the gutter and be sure the large square footage of the roof is not bleeding back toward your foundation wall. When gutters fail, the grade becomes your last line of defense for surface water. We strongly believe the minimal investment that maintaining your grade will far exceed the cost of installing gutters. It should be your first line of defense for surface water from your roof and surrounding your foundation. The bentonite can act as a raincoat, but without a proper grade, it’s like not wearing a rain hat and allowing water to run down your neck.
If you have a sump pump installed, you should consider the amount of water that flows through your system, as well as how often or the possibility of losing electrical power. A battery back up unit dedicated to your sump pump can provide 6-8 hours of normal use. The battery back up units we provide allow you to use the same 3,000 gallon per hour pump that you currently have, rather than having to install a DC Marine Bilge Pump above your existing pump. Simply, if your sump pump is not deep enough, the DC Bilge pump may not be able to kick on low enough to provide adequate evacuation of water from your basement. Of course, volume and the speed your system fills are things to consider for any type of back up system.
Although our Zoeller M-53 sump pumps are considered to be the industry standard, any man-made mechanical item can fail at anytime. Our pumps carry the 3-year warranty through Zoeller. An additional sump pump can be installed in a separate sump well or, often times, along side of your sump pump and be plumbed in and energized ready to go in case your pump fails you mechanically. Certainly this installation can prevent the after hours “what do I do now?” panic scenario. If this is a concern for you, please feel free to contact our office for more information on our Piggy Back Sump Pump Installations.
If you begin to notice an orange color in your water or any part of your system, this may be a result of iron in your water and you should be aware that bacteria could arise and begin to clog your system. If you notice iron in your ground water, Basement Waterproofing Inc., recommends treating your system with a product called ‘Iron Out’ to treat your system. Simply mix a strong solution and pull back the black plastic and pour it in. You can even unplug your sump pump and allow your system to back fill and spread the Iron Out through your system. Don’t forget to plug your pump back in though, as this will flush your system, as well. The Iron Out will kill the bacteria that feed off the iron in your ground water. If your system clogs with the bacteria, it certainly could plug the system up and this product should be available at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, etc. You can always call our office if you have any questions concerning iron in your water. We are always available for advice or a visit to your home.
Mold Prevention is a growing concern and for good reason. Remember that as humidity levels increase during June through the decline in September, a Humidex is a great product to consider to help control excess humidity in your basement. Running a dehumidifier is another option, but certain limit the result at a $35.00 a month expense in your electric bill. Most dehumidifiers are undersized for the cubic footage required to operate effectively. They are also designed for a closed cubic footage area, so open cellar doors, windows, crawl spaces, etc, will render them useless by design and function. You simply will draw in more air into the air space than the dehumidifier can remove.
BW Inc. would advise you to open up your sump well lid and be sure the bottom is not collecting excess debris, either dirt or stone, about once a year. If present, simply remove and re-install your cover. This is always a good idea to become familiar with your sump well.
If you ever have any concerns about your Basement Waterproofing System, we hope you will call and we are happy to go to your home to answer any questions you may have. We appreciate your patronage toward our company.
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