Installing a sump pump and waterproofing system is the least disruptive and most effective way to keep a basement dry.
What is a Sump Pump and What Does it Do?
A sump pump is installed underneath the floor of a basement or crawl space. Its primary purpose is to collect groundwater before it becomes a threat to your home.
Heavy rainfalls can leave a majority of Georgia homeowners susceptible to basement flooding, as groundwater can easily rise through cracks in the foundation. A sump pump will collect all of this water and redirect it away from your home, keeping your basement or crawl space dry and protected.
Sump Pump Installation
The following are the steps that our basement waterproofing technicians take when completing a sump pump installation in your home. At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, our certified basement waterproofers can install a complete sump pump system in just one visit to your property!
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Here's How We Do It:
Placing the Sump Pump Liner
In the first step of the sump pump installation process, a sump pump pit is excavated for the liner and pump to be placed inside. This protects your sump pump from the mud and debris around the pump pit.
It’s important that the sump pit is large enough, but not too large. If sump pump installation is to be done in a small pit, a sump pump can pump water out faster than it can fill the liner, causing them to turn on and off quickly and burn out sooner. Sump pits that are too large tend to go too deeply into the ground, pumping out water far below your home, causing unnecessary work and electricity usage.
Sump pumps are most effective at removing water from under your basement floor when located in the lowest spot of the floor. Your certified waterproofing specialist will determine the ideal place for sump pump installation by using a laser level. If the sump cannot be located in the low spot, a PVC feed line should be run through the floor from the low spot to the sump pump location.
Installing a Perimeter Drain System
For a reliable sump pump installation, it’s a good idea to install a perimeter French drain system, like WaterGuard®.
In this sump pump installation process, the floor around the edge of the basement is jackhammered, and a layer of clean stone is set down. A perimeter drain is installed on top of the stone and is backfilled with more clean stone.
The purpose of this drain is to collect water from the basement wall-floor joint, the basement walls, and from under the basement floor to direct it to the installed sump pump.
Our patented WaterGuard® Basement Drainage System includes a wall flange that extends slightly up the basement wall to collect water that may leak. If you have one of our basement wall products installed, the wall covering will be tucked behind the flange to direct moisture from the walls into your drain.
If your home has concrete block walls, weep holes will be drilled in the blocks at the very bottom to relieve the water and the pressure from the walls.
The Sump Pump Installation
During the sump pump installation, a special outlet connects the perimeter drain to the sump pump system , and clean gravel is backfilled around the sump pump liner.
This gravel helps to keep your sump pump system as clean as possible, discouraging silt and sediment from entering the liner.
An airtight sump pump lid keeps odors and humidity from rising out of the sump pit, which also prevents debris from falling in from the basement floor. This is an essential step in sump pump installation, as having an airtight, secure lid on your liner helps to prevent animals and children from playing in the water.
If you have a secondary pump installed in the pit, an additional discharge line will be installed. This prevents the pipes from being overwhelmed and also ensures the pumps won’t pump back and forth between each other. Discharge lines should NEVER be tied together on the inside of your home!
Restore the Floor & Bury Discharge Line
To complete the sump pump installation, the floor is restored flush for a clean, attractive look.
Our system does not leave a gap around the perimeter of the basement floor which can collect dust, debris, and other items that can clog your waterproofing system.
This helps ensure better drainage and a more reliable system, and it provides a clean, neat, and professional basement repair and sump pump installation.
Outside, an anti-freeze device (called IceGuard) is usually installed. The discharge line is buried underground, while the installer is careful to remove sections of the lawn in whole pieces before making the trench for the pipe. This helps to ensure the least disruption to your landscaping throughout the sump pump installation. A special outlet is installed flat with the ground and is safe for a lawn mower or lawn tractor traffic.
The Cleanup & Finishing Touches
Our sump pump installation crew takes extra care to leave your basement clean, neat, and clear of debris for you at the end of the installation.
Dust is cleaned from the basement floor, and the discharge line outside is inspected to be sure that the water is being directed to the appropriate location.
We remove all debris in which we create, and most times customers comment their basement is cleaner than before we started the sump pump installation!
To allow for future testing or inspection, AquaGuard Foundation Solutions will install several ports in the perimeter drain, where a hose or dehumidifier drainage line can be inserted. During annual checkups and sump pump maintenance, this helps us with testing and inspection.
Contact us today at (770) 415-2030 for more information on sump pump installation!
Upgrading Your Basement
Once your basement is protected from water (thanks to sump pump installation), it’s a great idea to take advantage of the cleaner, drier, more attractive area as storage or living space.
If you don’t already have one installed, be sure to ask about our battery backup sump pumps, as well as our basement wall coverings, ENERGY STAR® rated dehumidifier, waterproof basement flooring, and other waterproofing products that can add energy efficiency, beauty, and comfort to your home.
In addition to our sump pump installation, AquaGuard Foundation Solutions also provides crawl space sealing and encapsulation!
Trust the Experts at AquaGuard
When you decide it’s time to waterproof the basement and pursue sump pump installation in your home, we are ready to help! We offer free, no-obligation inspections and written sump pump installation quotes to all homeowners in our Georgia service area.
Call (770) 415-2030 or contact us online today to get started with your sump pump installation!