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Water intrusion does not just happen in basements and crawlspaces, but can pretty much happen anywhere below grade. This essentially means that any area that is below ground or partially below ground could be affected by water intrusion. This is usually caused by hydrostatic pressure, which is essentially pressure caused by water filling up the gaps in the soil around the home and beginning to push its way into the home.
This particular home was dealing with water intrusion in the garage of the home, which happened to be slightly below grade. It is difficult to see the damage that had already started to happen from the water intrusion because of some of the shelving, but there is a darker area along the perimeter where the water had soaked into the ground. Having water constantly in the area increases the moisture level of the garage and can cause damage to anything stored near the water intrusion.
The after picture shows the same area by the garage door. The main product showed in this photo is the SuperSump pump system, which is under the blue lid that can be seen. The SuperSump is important because it is what actually pumps the water outside and away from the home. The other product that was installed was the WaterGuard, which is actually under the freshly mixed and poured concrete. The WaterGuard leaves a small gap between the floor and wall so that water can get into the drain. The WaterGuard ties in directly to the SuperSump.
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 homeowner knew of their water intrusion issues way before they called us, but they didn't realize that there was an effective way to stop the water. The homeowner already had a sump pump in their basement, but it could only do so much by itself. The homeowner knew this and when they saw one of our TV commercials, they knew exactly who could help fix these problems.
When our Systems Design Specialist went out to the home, he knew that this homeowner was going to need a little bit more than just a sump pump, which was the only thing the homeowner had at the time. Our Specialist was able to quote a full basement waterproofing project for the homeowner, so that they wouldn't have to worry about any further damage to the home.
The crew was then able to go out to the home and install the system just a few weeks later. All in all the homeowner had WaterGuard, a dehumidifier, and a SuperSump system installed in the basement, but we'll be focusing on the sump pump. As you can see, the sump pump that was installed in this basement is much different than the previous one. Our sump systems come with a liner that is airtight on top, meaning that no moisture will come out of the top. It also has a convenient area for the dehumidifier to drain to, which is what you can see in the after photo.
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.
Sump pumps aren't anything new and have been around for awhile. They are a great tool in order to pump water out of the home and helps to prevent flooding. However, traditional sump pumps aren't really the best equipped for basement waterproofing (at least not without a little help). Digging a hole in the ground and placing a sump pump in it may help to prevent a basement from completely flooding, but it won't solve moisture and humidity issues.
This was the case in this particular home, the owner knew they had water intrusion so a sump pump was installed almost exactly as described above. This is not a great solution because it leaves the area open, which allows moisture to get back into the basement. It also doesn't prevent anything from getting into the sump hole. This can lead to blockages and more wear and tear on the pump itself.
The sump system that we installed was a TripleSafe, with a total of three pumps. One of the biggest benefits of this system is the liner that the pumps sit in, it has holes that allow water to flow in from below, but has an airtight lid so that none of the moisture can get back into the basement. Two of the three pumps are plugged in as normal, however there is a third pump that runs off of the battery that can be seen in the photo. This system can handle several thousands of gallons per hour, so it should have no problem dealing with a wet basement!