A sump pump serves one primary goal: collecting groundwater before it becomes a threat to your home. In Georgia, heavy rainstorms are frequent visitors and leave many homeowners susceptible to basement flooding. When installed correctly, a sump pump can give you peace of mind as it redirects water away from you home, ensuring your basement or crawlspace is dry and protected.
With reliable and efficient waterproofing services from AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, a dry, usable basement or crawl space is just six steps away! Interested in learning more? Call us today to receive your free inspection and complimentary quote!
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What is a Sump Pump and What Does it Do?
Your sump pump is your first line of defense against crawl space or basement flooding—an essential part of every home’s waterproofing system. Sump pumps are typically installed in the lowest part of your basement or crawl space in what is called a sump pit. The sump pit is a hole that captures water as it flows from other drains or the natural ground slope. As the pit fills, it triggers the sump pump to begin pumping water out and away from your home through a discharge line. This whole process happens automatically, so there’s no need to adjust your pump every time there’s a heavy storm. To give you even more peace of mind, AquaGuard offers battery backups and alarms to ensure your sump pump works when you need it most.
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.
Why the sump pump is an essential part of your waterproofing system.
- Prevents flooding due to rainwater and sewage backups
- Acts as a backup when gutter systems and other waterproofing measures fail to prevent water from entering your basement or crawl space
- Protects against mold growth, wood rot, electrical hazards, and other risks flooding can present
- Helps regulate indoor humidity levels
Fast, Simple Sump Pump Installation Services from AquaGuard
At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we pride ourselves in delivering high-quality, time-conscious basement and crawlspace waterproofing services. Because weather conditions can change in an instant, we are committed to providing fast and simple sump pump installation—your entire system will be installed in just one visit!
Here’s how we do it (in 6 simple steps):
1. Place the Sump Pump
Step one of the sump pump installation process involves excavating a sump pit for the liner and pump to be placed in. Placing a liner in your sump pit protects the sump pump from mud and debris. When digging the sump pit, we want to ensure two things: that the pit is the right size and at the lowest part of the floor.
If the pit is too small, the sump pump will turn on and off more frequently due to the pit filling up fast, causing the pump to burn out prematurely. Sump pits that are too large (too deep) end up doing unnecessary work and, again, burn out prematurely.
We install the sump pump at the lowest part of your basement or crawl space to ensure it is effective and efficient. Your certified waterproofing specialist will determine the ideal place for sump pump installation by using a laser level. If the sump pump 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.
2. Install a Perimeter Drain System
For a reliable sump pump installation, it’s a good idea to install a perimeter French drain system, like WaterGuard®. This drain will collect water from the basement wall-floor joint, basement walls, and under the basement floor and direct the water to the 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.
3. Install the Sump Pump
We will first connect a special outlet to the perimeter drain to the sump pump system, then backfill gravel around the sump pump liner. The gravel works to keep the 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!
4. Restore the Floor & Bury the 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 lawnmower or lawn tractor traffic.
5. Clean up & Add 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 that we create, and most times customers comment that 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.
6.Enjoy Your Basement and Peace of Mind!
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!
Sump Pump Replacement & Maintenance
In addition to the installation of new sump pumps, AquaGuard Foundation Solutions also provides Georgia homeowners with sump pump replacement and maintenance services. If you think your sump pump is at the end of the line, or if it’s not working efficiently, call us today! We’ll provide you with a free inspection and let you know whether your pump needs to be replaced.
Call AquaGuard for Sump Pump Repair & Replacement
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!