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Drain Tile

Foundation drainage tile systems are one of the most important aspects of residential construction. Drain tile systems are also one of the most misunderstood aspects. Because these systems are usually deeply buried and cannot be easily modified or corrected, it is vitally important that they are installed correctly.

A foundation drain tile system has four main components. The drain tile (pipe), the filter media (gravel), the gravel cover, and the water outlet. All of these elements must be installed for the system to function properly.

The purpose of the drain tile is to collect water around your basement foundation and deliver it to your sump crock so it can be pumped up and away from your home.  If you have a steep sloping lot, you may not have a sump pump

 

One best practice is to install a second drain tile pipe on the inside perimeter of the footing and connect the inside pipe to the outside pipe every 8′.  The connecting pipe is run through the footing and is called a bleeder.  If one of the pipes gets crushed or clogged in one spot, the bleeders will bypass the bad spot and the drain tile will continue to function.

Foundation drainage tile systems are one of the most important aspects of residential construction. Drain tile systems are also one of the most misunderstood aspects. Because these systems are usually deeply buried and cannot be easily modified or corrected, it is vitally important that they are installed correctly.

Sump Pumps

What is a Sump Pump? 

A sump pump is a submersible pump that sits at the bottom of a sump pit, which is typically installed at the lowest point in your basement or crawl space. Ground water surrounding your home's foundation is channeled into a perimeter drain system installed at the base of the foundation. Water finds its way into the perforated drainpipes and is quickly diverted to the sump pit. The sump pump, which is triggered by a float switch, removes the water by pumping it to the nearest storm drain, dry well or detention pond. A sump pump turns on only when water inside the sump pit reaches a pre-determined level. 

Most new homes are equipped with sump pumps but older homes can be retrofitted with a sump system to prevent basement flooding. All Around Foundation Waterproofing are expert in the field of  sump pump installation and repair.

Battery Back Up Systems

The sump pump is powered by electricity. However, if the power goes out during a storm, the sump pump will not work. The water level will rise and cause flooding and damage to the contents of the basement if the sump pump is without power.

For added security during storms, ask All Around Foundation Waterproofing to install a battery back-up system to your sump pump. These can provide hours of protection until the electricity is again restored.

Sump Pump Maintenance 

Test your sump pump regularly to make sure it will operate when the next big downpour occurs. Test it by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on, remove the water from the pit and shut itself off in a matter of seconds. Ensure that the float and the check valve move freely. 

To clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris to increase the pump’s efficiency and prolong its life. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace. If you don't want to do this yourself, our team of All Around Foundation Waterproofing experts is happy to help with your sump pump maintenance. 

Sump Pump Replacement and Repair

 Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out over time and will need to be replaced. There is no general rule on how often a sump pump should be replaced since it depends on how often the pump operates. If your sump pump is not working, call in the experts at All Around Foundation Waterproofing to assess the situation.