A sump pump system is an important part of any crawl space protection and encapsulation process. Having an efficient sump pump is one of the best things that you can do to protect your property. It is both your first and last line of defense against standing water and flooding within your property. Here at Innovative Basement Authority, we believe that it is important to offer our customers the best possible products and services at all times. This is why we make sure to thoroughly test every single solution that we offer before we recommend them.
The SafeDri™ crawl space sump pump is the best on the market in Minnesota, North Dakota, and eastern Montana, and when you choose Innovative Basement Authority to install it, you get our guarantee. We have an answer to all of your clogs, power failures, and maintenance issues; we will not let you down. Of course, if you’re still not sure about upgrading your sump pump, or even installing one for the first time, we have some information that might interest you.
How Water Gets into a Crawl Space
Have you ever wondered just how water gets into your crawl space with such alarming regularity? Well, the most obvious answer would be that your crawl space vents are uncovered, but most homeowners these days have already taken the sensible precaution of having covers fitted. If you have not done that yet, it is always a good place to start but it will not remove water that does get into your crawl space. Sealing your crawl space without draining it could trap dampness and cause more problems in the long-run.
If your vents are already covered and dampness is still an issue, then the most likely cause is damage to the structure of your property and crawl space. Foundation damage, for example, is a common cause of dampness; many different foundation problems could cause dampness but the most common are settlement, subsidence, and frost heave.
Subsidence and settlement can both cause cracks and depressions in your foundation and crawl space as a result of excessive pressure and lack of support (respectively). Foundation heave, however, sometimes called frost heave, is another matter entirely. Caused by snap freezes and forceful soil expansion, foundation heave causes the floor of a crawl space to bulge upwards. Whatever the cause, however, the result of cracks in your foundation will be water seeping up into your home, and all the trouble that dampness can bring.
How Dampness Damages a Property
Dampness is a problem that many homes have, but that doesn’t mean that it should be ignored. Even sustained, low-level dampness can cause a huge number of problems within your home. The most common are mold formation, pest infestation, rotting wood/organic material, increased humidity, and raised energy bills.
You will also notice a slight decline in your overall internal climate; humid air is harder to heat and cool, so humidity can lead to fluctuating temperatures and high energy costs. This not only makes the environment less comfortable, but it will also cost you money in the long run.
Of course, there are other things you can do to protect your home. Installing a dehumidifier, for example, is a great idea if you have recurring problems with general dampness and humidity as opposed to issues with standing water in your home. Furthermore, investing in yard drainage systems, and basic maintenance throughout the year will protect your crawl space by ensuring that your existing moisture management solutions are not strained to their limit.
If you already have a sump pump of 8 years or older in place it may be time to consider upgrading; older models are not efficient and they can lose power over time, leading to slow drainage and higher levels of relative humidity in your crawl space. Of course, those aren’t the only reasons to upgrade to a SafeDri™ crawl space sump pump sooner rather than later.
Why Choose a SafeDri™ Crawl Space Sump Pump
The SafeDri™ crawl space sump pump is just one part of a larger system, but it stands alone well as one of the most reliable, user-friendly, and efficient sump pumps on the market today. This cast-iron sump pump offers powerful, quiet, and energy-efficient protection from the worst weather that the world can throw at your home.
SafeDri™ sump pumps can remove several thousands of gallons of water per hour, depending on the model you install, and they do it with minimal noise. There is also the option to have a battery back-up system installed along with the pump; all of that adds up to peace of mind. This pump works so well you’ll probably forget that it is there.
- Reliable Float Switch
The most common weakness amongst sump pumps is the float switch. While this mechanism is a very clever method of managing your sump pump, it can very easily go wrong. Over time the mechanism can stick or become jammed with debris, if this happens your sump pump could run dry, causing it to overheat and break down, or fail to activate, resulting in flooding.
The SafeDri™ sump pump prevents this by having a locked-in pump arm that is made of solid plastic, preventing it from filling with water. It is also mounted to prevent it from ‘wandering’ as a result of vibrations, this means that the switch will collide with the pump liner and get jammed.
Unlike generic sump pumps, the SafeDri™ pump is made with a cast-iron engine casing which aids in the transfer of heat from the engine into the water outside. While plastic sump pumps retain heat and gradually become damaged as a result of overheating, cast-iron systems act as a built-in cooling system. This guarantees more efficient working and a longer lifespan.
The SafeDri™ sump pump has been designed to be practically self-sufficient; the clog-resistant intake pump is one example of this. Generic sump pump intakes will occasionally gather a buildup of debris that affects their ability to function. This no-screen design prevents the buildup that can cause a clog and the powerful impeller can handle solids of up to ½” with ease. It is also installed on a stand that prevents silt and sediment from settling on the bottom of the liner.
This may not seem like a huge deal, but an efficient, quiet sump pump can make the environment in a home so much better. When you install a SafeDri™ sump pump you will be able to forget that it is there. The last thing you want is your sump pumps gurgling to be heard through the house, after all.
A sump pump is not meant to stand on its own, but rather be part of a comprehensive crawl space waterproofing and encapsulation solution. It works at its best and can better protect your crawl space and home when it is paired with solutions such as interior drainage, a vapor barrier, and a dehumidifier. The SafeDri™ crawl space sump pump easily connects with the CrawlDrain™ interior drainage system, and the sump basin has a very unique lid which accepts the CrawlSeal™ liner for a snug seal.
So, as you can see the SafeDri™ crawl space sump pump is well-deserving of its reputation for excellence. It also has a built-in alarm to let you know if there is a leak inside your crawl space. When paired with the other parts of the Innovative Basement Authority encapsulation system, this sump pump guarantees that, come what may, your crawl space will stay dry.
Crawl Space Sump Pumps
For homes that have a crawl space, dampness is a very common, often recurring issue that can present itself as either a generally higher level of humidity, through the appearance of standing water, or a mixture of both. While there are many possible ways that dampness can make its way into your crawl space, the most common are:
- Foundation Damage
Damage to a property’s foundation is one of the most common causes of serious dampness in a home. Whether your foundation is cracked as a result of hydrostatic pressure, sinking because of saturated soil, or it has settled into voids left by soil erosion and shrinking, any cracks, no matter how small, will let water seep up into your home.
Of course, foundation damage is worrying for many more reasons than the dampness and water it lets into your home. While mold formation, mildew, and musty odors are worrying, foundation problems tend to escalate.
- Uncovered Crawl Space Vents
Crawl space vents were initially installed into older homes because they were thought to help prevent, or at least control, dampness. This of course turned out to be untrue; uncovered crawl space vents allow water, dampness, and even pests into your crawl space. As such, it has become common to fit them with vent covers.
Aside from the obvious issues of flooding in extreme weather and fluctuating temperatures endangering your pipes, uncovered crawl space vents also allow a more insidious form of dampness into your home. During the summer months warm, humid air will flow into your crawl space and cause condensation on the cool surfaces inside. This is almost guaranteed to cause mold.
Protecting your crawl space from standing water, general dampness, and all of the co-occurring problems that they bring is fairly simple. First and foremost, you need to cut off as many access points for water as you can. Secondly, you need to find a safe and fast way to get rid of the water which does make its way into your crawl space.
Covering your crawl space vents, installing insulation, and installing a vapor barrier into your crawl space can do a lot of good for your home as a whole. Known as crawl space encapsulation, this process effectively creates a dry, clean, climate-controlled bubble inside your crawl space by sealing it off from exposure to the outside. Professional encapsulation is quick, cost-effective, and provides excellent value for money.
When completed correctly, encapsulation can allow you to use your crawl space as a storage area. Of course, you should still store everything in plastic coverings, just to be on the safe side, but this is a definite benefit, outside of waterproofing, that makes encapsulation a valuable process. There is no better way to protect your home.
Encapsulation may give you a safe, dry bubble inside your crawl space, but the space between the moisture barrier and your crawl space boundaries is still susceptible to dampness and flooding. This is where drainage options come in handy. Interior drainage systems are good for collecting leaking water and directing it to a sump pump system to be properly removed.
Choosing the right sump pump can make the difference between standing water in your crawl space and staying dry during even the wildest of weather. Professional companies can help you to find the right model and size of pump for you; installation is straightforward and relatively non-disruptive to your home.
If you already have a working sump pump it can be hard to think of a good reason to upgrade. After all, these appliances are not cheap. Nonetheless, even a well-maintained sump pump has a life span beyond which it will begin to degrade. Generally speaking, this is anywhere between 10 and 15 years. However, the technology inside this sump pump will become second-rate or even obsolete before then.
- Increased Energy Efficiency
One of the most obvious benefits of installing a new sump pump is the increased levels of energy efficiency that new models offer. While there are sump pumps branded specifically as “energy efficient,” even generic models will give you more power at a lower energy cost than a pump built a decade ago. The SafeDri™ crawl space sump pump is a perfect example of this.
Energy efficiency is just one of the many benefits that this model offers, but it is undoubtedly a considerable one. You can expect a new sump pump to consume anywhere up to 50% less energy than your old one, depending on its age and the model, and this will reflect in your energy bills over time. So, as you can see, a new sump pump is worth the cost.
- A Better Overall Experience
Newer model sump pumps tend to offer a better overall experience than older ones. If you live in a house where the sump pump is, for example, 12 to 15 years old, it could be noisy, clunky, and difficult to clean. Newer models are built with user-friendliness and accessibility in mind. In fact, for most the idea is that you should never even notice that your sump pump is there.
This is why things like noise control, back-up power systems, and easy-clean discharge lines are features in the SafeDri™ crawl space sump pump. These small additions may not seem like much, but they ensure that you have a far better experience with maintenance and day to day use than you would have with older models. The addition of an optional battery back-up is a perfect example of this customer-centered approach. This small touch can make all the difference to your property if the power goes out during a storm.
Waterproof Your Crawl Space with a Reliable Sump Pump and Expert Help
Here at Innovative Basement Authority, we know a thing or two about crawl space encapsulation; our team is made up of skilled, knowledgeable, and passionate professionals who are determined to do right by every homeowner. From encapsulation and waterproofing to foundation repair, we treat every job like it’s taking place in our own home.
On top of all this, we offer all homeowners in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Eastern Montana a free inspection appointment. This appointment includes a thorough assessment of your crawl space from a certified inspector, a same-day, written estimate, and absolutely no obligation to book a solution with us. However, we feel that the quality of our work speaks for itself. Waterproof your crawl space and protect your home today with our team of professionals!