Do I Need a Sump Pump System?
In general, if there’s a significant moisture problem in your Crawl-Space or Basement, you do need a Sump Pump. Modern sump pumps are extremely reliable and the ones we install are rated to work without problems for many, many years. The standard cast-iron 1/3hp Zoeller pump we install is commercial-grade and can be paired with an additional battery backup pump to add that additional level of security and peace-of-mind.
Sump Pumps & Sump Pump System Installation
All crawl spaces in your home could definitely use a Crawl Space Vapor Barrier, but if it’s already wet down there, we need to get that area dry on an ongoing basis before a Vapor Barrier will do you any good.
The best way we know how to remove water from Crawl Spaces or Basements is by using a drainpipe and/or some kind of Basement Perimeter Drain, which evacuates the water. Unless you live on a hillside and/or your basement is above ground, getting the water out of your home will require a Sump Pump!
Everyone has heard of sump pumps failing, but what we bet you haven’t experienced is commercial-grade sump-pumps failing! Why put a prone-to-failure ‘home-grade’ sump pump in your house especially when so much is relying on it? We use the BEST SUMP PUMPS AVAILABLE.
The Right Sump Pump for the Job!
We use Zoeller cast iron pumps 1/3 horsepower because we have found them to be the most reliable on the market. We have literally never had to replace a Zoeller pump yet.
Zoeller Model 53:
All cast iron construction
Stainless steel guard and handle
Lower and upper bearings, oil fed, cast iron
Cast iron impeller
Battery Backup System
Whenever we install a sump pump and liner, we always provide the option of a battery backup system. What this comprises is a new separate battery-operated pump, a deep-cycle marine battery, and a charging unit.
Now, why use another pump? Can’t you just install a battery for the current (wired) pump?
Yes, you could do that… but here’s why not:
UPS’s are NOT RATED for outdoors and/or areas which could get da
mp (ex: right next to a sump pump liner)
The UPS on average will give you 1/2-to-1/4 as much power as a good-quality deep-cycle marine battery
The UPS is not rated for heavy, sustained use as a deep-cycle marine battery
By installing an extra pump, you have true redundancy!
if the regular (wired) pump should fail, you have a completely separate additional pump which automatically takes-over
Extremely Heavy Rainfall: If the incoming water is somehow filling the sump liner faster than the regular pump can handle, now you have a second pump! BOTH PUMPS CAN RUN SIMULTANEOUSLY!
Air-Tight Sump Lid with Floor Drain
The main reason for removing water from your crawl space or basement is to avoid mold and the structural damage it can create, but if your sump liner doesn’t have an air-tight lid, moisture will still be getting out.
Similarly, if your basement or crawl-space floods from a different source, for example, a busted pipe from your own house, the water will flood on top of the Vapor Barrier. Your air-tight sump lid comes equipped with a built-in drain, so No Problem! Any water running to the sump will drain in without harmful moisture leaking out!
The Sump Liner
If your sump pump is just laying in a dirt hole, the dirt will begin to cave-in and jam the pump and your crawl space or basement will start flooding again. We install a non-corroding ‘barrel’ flush with the ground or cement flooring surrounded with 2-3″ of drain-rock gravel, and then put the sump pump inside.
Our Sump Liners have bolted-on lids and can have multiple ‘inlets’ installed, allowing multiple sources of water to be pumped out of your crawl-space or basement.
Notice how large the Sump Liner is compared to a standard 5-gallon bucket. It’s a good idea to have the largest sump liner that your sump pump can handle to ensure that:
The Sump Pump isn’t cycling on/off rapidly
You have more time before the sump liner overflows just in case the power goes out (this is why we recommend a Battery Backup System– see above).
There’s enough room to install a Battery Backup System, or even tertiary (wired) sump pump, without ‘filling-up all the space’ and causing the sump pump(s) to cycle on/off rapidly.