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This homeowner was having some problems with water coming through the basement walls, which was a big problem for the owner because they used their basement as a storage area. In order to help fix this basement, and bring it back to its former glory we sent a System Design Specialist to see what would be best for the homeowner. After the inspection, our Specialist knew exactly what this home needed, two products; a SuperSump Pump system and some WaterGuard basement drain.
The "before" picture shows a pretty average-looking basement wall, nothing too much out of the ordinary. Some smaller things that can be seen are the minerals left behind on the bottom of the wall and floors, this is more technically called, efflorescence. This just shows that water has been making its way through the basement walls/floors, because this is what is left behind when water seeps through.
The "after" photo tells a much different story than the before picture. The after picture shows what this area looked like after our installation crew had installed our products. The most obvious part of this photo is the SuperSump, which is directly in the middle of the picture. This sump pump system does an excellent job of pumping the water out of the basement and into the yard. The other product that may not be noticed is the WaterGuard drain, which was installed around the perimeter of the basement. This drain collects all of the water that comes through the walls and directs it towards the SuperSump.
This basement was in pretty rough shape overall, but their sump pump definitely needed an upgrade. This is a pretty traditional, although outdated, way to install a sump pump inside a home. The first photo is, of course, the old sump pump that was in the home before we were able to come in and upgrade the system. The second photo shows the sump pump installation in progress.
This is an open-air container that hopes to collect any water that flows down to it, but has no real drainage to it. Once the water gets to a certain level, the pump turns on and removes the water. However, while waiting for the water to get to that level, the water is evaporating and getting into the air, and eventually will start to get into the drywall and anything else that is porous. This is extremely unhealthy, which was why the homeowner decided to go with our new SuperSump pump system.
The new sump pump is much better and more effective than the owner's old one. First off, it is completely sealed, meaning that once the water is inside the sump basin, it won't be evaporating into the basement. Another extremely important factor is that there is drainage that runs to the sump pump. Rather than just sit in the room, letting water slowly drain over the floor, the sump is connecting to WaterGuard which goes around the perimeter of the basement. This means that the water is not even getting a chance to be in the basement, it is immediately being picked up by the WaterGuard to drained down to the sump pump.
Our customer in Columbia, SC owns a business that needed some restoration, but the basement had an issue with water intrusion when it rained, so the business owner had to fix the water problem before any restoration work was started.
In the "before" picture you may not notice any issues, but when we arrived to give the customer a free estimate it was not raining that day, but the customer informed us that when it rained heavily the water would come in through floor consistently.
The best resolution for this customer was installing a WaterGuard System and Sump pump. The WaterGuard system is a piping system that intercepts water at the perimeter of the basement and the sump pump keeps the water pumped out of the basement. Some may ask why we use these interior systems rather than exterior french drains? Simply put, time and cost. To install an exterior drain around the perimeter of your home, basement waterproofing contractors will first need to excavate the area around your foundation with a backhoe. Before this can be accomplished, anything around the perimeter must be removed- including porches, shrubbery, gardens, sidewalks, steps, part of the driveway, and anything else that may be sitting near the foundation. The WaterGuard system is installed indoors with little or no prep-work by the customer.
The "after" picture shows the same basement with WaterGuard and the Sump Pump installed. Notice the wet concrete around the perimeter. The All-Dry of the Carolinas crew has broken up the concrete, installed the WaterGuard piping, and replaced the concrete. The WaterGaurd is under the concrete, so no square footage is lost and the customer does not need to worry about accidently damaging the WaterGuard!
Basements with an open area under the stairs are great for if we need to install a system in the home. Not only does it help us out, but it also gives the homeowner an area where the sump pump can be contained, without really having to see or deal with it. This was the case with this homeowner and their basement. In this basement, we installed WaterGuard drainage, as well as a SuperSump pump system, which is what will be shown in the after photo.
The "before" picture shows the open area that is beneath the stairs leading to the basement. But more importantly, this shows the area where the SuperSump will be installed. This is such a good area because it usually is not used much (or in some cases, at all by homeowners), so when the sump pump is installed, no real space is taken up by the system. It gives our service technicians an easily accessible area, while still being able to be concealed by the homeowner.
The "after" photo shows off the installed SuperSump pump system. As you can see, it certainly is not the most invasive system, but it does require quite a bit of room. It has more than enough room to be installed here, and the fact that it is up against an exterior wall is another plus! We try our best to install the sump pump an area that is not used very often or that is hidden away.
Sump pumps are often a pretty common product whether we are doing a basement or a crawlspace project. Sump pumps are where the water drains to, and where the pump is located that pumps the water outside of the home. This homeowner decided to go with a SuperSump pump system, which is probably the most popular of the sump systems that we install.
The "before" picture shows an area in the basement that will be the location of the SuperSump. While this particular area in the basement did not have too much water intrusion or damage from it, it was the best area for the SuperSump to be installed in. Having it installed here gave it a corner that it could be tucked away in, but also in an area that a discharge pipe could be easily installed.
The "after" photo shows the same area as before, but with the SuperSump pump system installed. While it may not seem like much, this sump pump paired with the WaterGuard can effectively protect this basement from water intrusion. Our sump pumps come with a WaterWatch Alarm, which is the device almost in the center of the pump. This alarm will notify you if the water has risen above where the pumps should be running. This gives the homeowner enough time to address the problem before the water overflows. There are several great parts to our sump pumps and if you'd like to learn more, click here.