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Oct
10

Sump Pumps and Wet Basement Repair

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A sump pump is a pump that removes water that has accumulated in a water collecting sump which is usually in a basement. Water may enter via the perimeter drains of a basement waterproofing system, funneling into the pit as a result of rain or natural ground water, if the basement is below the water table level.

Sump pumps are used where basement flooding occurs regularly and to fix dampness where the foundation is below the water table. Sump pumps send water away from a house usually to a municipal storm drain or a dry well.

Essentially there are two types of sump pumps. There is the upright pedestal type and the submersible type.

The upright is the less expensive of the two. This unit is a vertical model where the motor is mounted on a pedestal and the base of the pedestal rests on the bottom of the sump pump. The motor at the top of the pedestal must never be under water.

The submersible ty0e of sump pump is usually more expensive but it cannot be damaged by flooding and requires little maintenance. This type can also run for a long period of time without damage to the motor.

It is possible that a sump pump will sit idle for months and then it may be needed. It is wise to check out the following every three months or so.

1. Make sure the pump inlet screen is clean.
2. Check the electric cord and make certain the pump is plugged in.
3. Turn the pump on to make sure it works.

On a yearly basis you should do the following:

1. Clean the Sump
2. Oil or grease the pump as specified in the manual
3. Take the pump out of the sump and clean it.
4. Adjust the float level if necessary.

If you have a wet basement and need a wet basement repair it is always prudent to call an expert. Phil Russell has been managing foundation water problems for many years. He is informative, easy to talk to and his work has full warranties. Call Phil today for a FREE quote on your water problem.

Phil services, the lower mainland, including Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Surrey, Langley and Chilliwack.

Phil Can be reached at 604-614-2615

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Drain tiles are hidden from view and usually the homeowner is not aware of a problem until it is too late and they are searching for some form of wet basement repair.

The good news is with today’s technology it is possible to find out what the problem is without excavating as they would have had to do a few years ago. In today’s world a high tech TV video drain camera can be used to scope out the nature of the problem. This takes out the guess work of wet basement repair and may very well lead to a less expensive solution.

In houses that are a little older it is more than likely that clay tiles were used on your homes perimeter to channel water away from the structure. In time ground shifts and clay tiles may also shift allowing access for tree roots.

It is very common to find that the water restriction problem is caused by tree roots that have penetrated the tiles. What many homeowners don’t realize is tree roots can be slowly but surely penetrating your drain tiles in search of moisture and nutrients. When this happens more damage is being done as roots are allowed to continue to grow.

Once a tree root is inside your tiles and it begins to grow there will be water restriction and damage to the tiles.

The most common way to remove tree roots from your drains is by using a drain snake, or auger, to cut roots from the drains. It should be noted that roots grow each year so you may want to maintain your drain by scoping and possibly using an auger once a year.

In the right condition it also makes sense to remove the roots by using a high pressure water drain jetting system (this should be left for the experts). The jetting system is designed to blast water under high pressure backwards out of your drains and consequently removing obstacles along the way.

The key thing is to identify to what degree the tree roots have affected your drains. Once you are armed with this knowledge than you can map out a solution and repair the problem with the least amount of cast and intrusion.

We are experts in keeping your basement dry. We provide video Drain Inspections, Water-Jet Drain Flushing and other solutions and services to concrete foundations including crack repair. Call Phil today for a FREE quote 604-614-2615

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Mar
25

Cleaning Concrete Driveways

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When we are called to do wet basement repairs we are often asked about stains on concrete driveways.

Spreading kitty litter on an oil stain is a commonly used method to remove grease and oil stains from concrete driveways. Kitty litter will draw out oil and grease, and will be the most effective if the stain is recent. If you use cat litter let it sit for about 2 days, and then sweep it up. This may remove all surface oils but deeper oil stains in the concrete may need something else. Try sprinkling a layer of dry concrete powder over the stain and let it sit for a day or two. Here is a tip, don’t do it in the rain or if you are expecting rain.

Older stains may require the help of a commercial cleaner. One degreaser is named Gunk another one is called Swab. Castro also makes a product called Super Clean. After a stain is removed, make sure you take out the hose and wash away any residue.

More aggressive cleaning chooses could involve the use of abrasive acids, but exhaust you’re cleaning opportunities first. Before using more aggressive techniques consider having your concrete looked at by a professional as some of the more aggressive techniques require precautionary measures. If you tackle this approach on your own make sure you follow all manufacturer guidelines.

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