Every home with a sump pump should have a reliable backup sump pump system for peace of mind. In the event of a power disruption or primary pump / level control failure, it will assume the role as the primary pump, allowing time for the power to be restored or the primary pump to be repaired or replaced. But what kind of back-up sump pump is best for you? Here we compare the two most common back-up sump pumps: water and battery.
Water Backup Sump Pump
Water-driven sump pumps require no battery and need no electrical power. Instead, they use a home’s water pressure from incoming city water to create suction which pumps water out of the sump pit. Water back-up sump pumps can run indefinitely, as long as there is city water pressure coming to your home. The homeowner no longer has to worry about power outage lasting longer than their battery powered pump’s battery life. The water powered back-up sump pump system does not use any water until the primary system malfunctions or in the case of a power failure. Waters Basement Services, Inc. choice would be to use a Liberty Sump Jet Water Powered Back-up Pump.
Announcing the newest service from Waters Basement Services Inc: Drain Tile Video Camera Inspections!
If you’re experiencing clogged drain tile, call Waters Basement Services, Inc. to have a camera inspection of your drain tile. A drainage camera is very useful in helping to determine if your drain tile can be cleaned, is plugged, or filled with tree roots and needs to be replaced. Having a drain camera inspection allows the homeowner to understand what potential issue may arise, or if they need to address a problem immediately. The best way to determine the condition of your drain tile is by a camera inspection. The camera provides a view of the drain tile, (on a small TV screen) locating any tree root intrusions, breaks, plugs/blockages or other common problems.
Drain tile is the most important ingredient in effective basement waterproofing. In order to operate properly, your drain tile needs to be free of debris that can build up over time. Drain tile should be cleaned at least once a year; or more often depending on your soil type. The drain tile needs to be free of debris and able to flow into a sump basin and then pumped out of your basement or flow out into the storm sewers. Whether you have owned your home for years or are planning to buy a new home, the biggest advantage of a drain camera inspection is to help find the source of a drain problem quickly and accurately.
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Waters Basement Services, Inc. can inspect your drain tile for potential problems. During the month of February we are offering $25.00 off a drain tile camera inspection. Call Waters Basement Services, Inc. at (716) 474-3898 to schedule an inspection.
At Waters Basement Services, we’re always looking to provide our customers with the best value. After over 25 years in the industry, we’ve used a lot of different products and brands – the good and the bad. Sump pumps are no different. We’ve reviewed several different brands and models, and based on our experience and customer feedback, there’s one brand that we love using for all our projects.
Zoeller Sump Pump Review
Waters Basement Services, Inc. installed Zoeller sump pumps for a number of years. However, we made the decision to change this based on product performance and customer feedback. Our #1 focus has always been on quality and making sure you don’t need to worry about what is going on in your basement – and their product just wasn’t cutting it anymore.
We had service calls on the Zoeller sump pumps explaining that they were not working, or not working reliably. When we were installing Zoeller pumps, they were only carried a 1-year warranty on their products, which is just too short of a warranty period for a product that should last years.
Upon inspection of the pumps, we frequently found that the switch was faulty and had to replace the sump pump for our customers. That didn’t make our customers happy and frustrated our team as well, so we made the decision to find a different product.
Wayne Sump Pump Review
Looking for different products, we decided to consider Wayne Sump Pumps. However, due to mixed reviews and a questionable warranty, we decided to seek other options. Their sump pumps offered a 2-year warranty – a little better than Zoeller – but not as good as the company we ended up choosing.
Waters Basement Services has never made Wayne Sump Pumps a consistent part of our business, but we decided to seek a better option for our customers.
Liberty Sump Pump Review
The final sump pump we considered was Liberty Sump Pumps. With a 3-year warranty and the added advantage of being a local company, Liberty seemed like a good option. These sump pumps are made in the USA – manufactured locally in Bergen NY.
After a review of their products, we have decided to recommend the Liberty 250-Series 1/3hp sump pumps.
They back up their quality with their warranty – a full 3-year warranty. After installing them with a number of customers, we’ve received very positive feedback. They frequently remark on how quiet and efficient Liberty pumps are, lowering energy bills and operating worry-free. Waters Basement Services have received no complaints from our customers to date on Liberty sump pumps.
We are very pleased with the performance of Liberty Pumps and intend on continuing to recommend them to all of our clients.
Stop air and moisture infiltration at the rim joist (ban joist), the space between your home and basement walls, of your home. Stopping air infiltration is the best defense against energy loss. Your home lets in cold air during the winter and warm air in the summer, resulting in higher energy bills.
Stuffing fiberglass insulation between floor joists is a common method of insulating the rim joist in many homes. Fiberglass insulation has gaps and voids when installed, allowing air to infiltrate. Because fiberglass insulation doesn’t fit snugly, it is air permeable. Rim joists (Ban Joist) expand and contract with the change of seasons allowing air to enter and exit at will. Rim Joist spray insulation is a closed cell application which fills in the whole space without any gaps or voids. Unlike fiberglass insulation, which is only a thermal barrier, the spray foam insulation creates both an air and vapor barrier at the rim-joist. Creating an air barrier at the rim joist becomes vitally important because moist air can create condensation. Moist air can filter through fiberglass creating condensation at the rim-joist, which can eventually lead to mold and mildew problems.
Spray insulation sticks to the rim joist eliminating the condensing surface. Improper insulation at the rim joist can result in high energy bills, air quality issues, and moisture damage. The spray insulation is highly adhesive, so it sticks and stays in place as it expands to fill gaps. Once cured, the spray insulation provides an effective air seal as well as insulation. Because the spray insulation doesn’t allow air to move through it (which diminishes R-value) it always performs at its full rated R-value.
Waters Basement Services, Inc. offers a solution for stopping air infiltration with Rim Joist Spray Insulation.