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Sump Pumps and Wet Basement Repair

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

Wet Basement? – CrackMaster Concrete – the Masters in Dry Basements Since 1994

CrackMaster Concrete

Masters in Dry Basements Since 1994

CrackMaster Concrete is a full-service foundation repair and waterproofing company serving greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We have been in business sinse 1994 and we have clients in most areas including, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley, Maple Ridge, Port Moody, Surrey, Coquitllam, Port Coquitlam, Burnaby, New Westminster,Vancouver, North Vancouver Nanaimo and Victoria.

If you have a Leaky basement, are in need of a wet basement repair, or have a foundation crack, CrackMaster Concrete should be your first choice. CrackMaster’s years of experience and advanced foundation repair techniques will save you time and money.


                                                                               Our services include:

  • Crack Repair – from the inside and outside
  • Drain Cleaning – Storm and Sewer (part of our Question Series)
  • Weeping Tile – interior and exterior
  • Sump pump installations
  • Waterproofing membranes
  • Repair Wet or Dry
  • Pools & Ponds
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Leaky Window Wells
  • Video Drain Inspections
  • Water-Jet Drain Flushing


Our Warranties are second to none and we have proven that we are in this business for the long hall. The CrackMaster Concrete lifetime warranty on crack repair is fully transferable to  new property owners. Just notify us in writing, within 30 days of the transfer.

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If you have a wet basement in need of repair call Phil today. Our experience and advanced basement repair techniques will usually save you time and money. Our response time is quick and our Quotes are FREE with no hassle.

For sound friendly advice on wet basement repair call Phil today 604-614-2615