Modern sealed sump pump systems are highly reliable and keep running at optimal performance levels. Combining the pump systems with a sealed interior waterproofing or drainage system, will increase the value of your home as well as create the option of new, healthy living space.
Is a Sump Pump Necessary?
Almost always, a sump pump is a great addition or upgrade to your basement. Do not risk your basement flooding due to out of date, unreliable, builder’s grade sump pumps. Today’s sump equipment is very reliable and adds to the health of your home. Quality waterproofing contractors have great, reliable sump pumps available, including single pump systems, battery backup sump pumps, and water alarms that keep your basement or crawlspace dry and healthy.
ECP sump pump systems are the very best available in the industry. Each sump pump system is designed to work in conjunction with a sealed basement waterproofing system to keep your basement dry all the time. These systems must be installed by trained sump pump installers from our national network of waterproofing contractors.
Primary Sump Pumps
Your primary sump pump is your first line of defense against basement water. The sump pumps job is to remove any water that collects in the sump basin or pit. These pumps have a float system that tells it when to turn on and off. There are many types of floats or switches – mechanical, tethered, pressure and electronic. Since the switch mechanism is the number one reason for sump pump failure your focus needs to be on picking a high quality switch first. The best sump pump switches are the ones that have backup or dual switches. These dual switches provide redundancy in the case of switch failure. When it comes to protecting your home from water, two is always better than one.
The next feature to look for is performance. Performance is not just volume (gallons per hour) but also electrical efficiency. Gallons per watt hour, is a performance criteria that some sump pump manufacturers are starting to use. The highest performance pumps will pump over six gallons per watt hour, meaning that not only will it outperform (in GPH) your old sump pump but will use less electricity to do it.
Battery Backup Sump Pumps
As noted above “When it comes to protecting your home from water, two is always better than one”. Battery backup pumps provide protection against flooding when your power goes out. During the worst of the spring storms, power is often lost, shutting down your old sump pump system. In these cases a battery backup sump pump will automatically turn on and provide flood protection for your basement until power is restored. For those of us that have experienced basement flooding a battery backup is not a luxury but an absolute necessity.
ECP battery backup sump pump systems monitor your whole waterproofing system with a controller and then switch your sump system from AC power to DC power when there is an interruption in electrical power service. These controllers will then recharge the battery once AC power is restored. Audible alarms will inform you of this instance but no action is needed on your part for most systems. These systems can even call your cell phone and inform you of an interruption so that you are warned about your freezer or other appliances.
As with AC sump pumps, DC battery backup units vary in performance and features. Once again gallons per hour and efficiency are the keys to picking the best system. If the system is not efficient, it will drain the battery quickly and put your basement at risk. Also, if your backup cannot keep up with the amount of water entering your sump basin, your basement will be at risk. Insist on ECP sump pump systems to protect your home from flooding.
Sump Basins and Frozen Discharge Lines
Sealed sump pits stop moisture and soil gases from entering the living space which can degrade the air quality in your home. New efficient designs are available to be combined with high efficient sump pumps creating a high performance sealed water management system. When combined with a sealed interior drainage system your homes indoor air quality can increase while moving water to the ECP sealed sump pit. The sump pump is triggered by a switch to turn on and pump the water outside, a freeze guard can be installed to prevent freezing of the discharge line. ECP freeze guards are simple devices that mount outside your home and allow water a place to go if the buried line becomes frozen or blocked.
For more information, contact your local basement waterproofing expert today!