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Some experts say that the most important part of a crawlspace sump pump system is the pump. That makes sense, right? You can't keep a crawlspace like the one under this Owensboro home dry unless you have a reliable, powerful pump. There's something else to consider when drying out your crawlspace--where is the water going that the pump is pushing out?
It's a common problem when trying to do it yourself, or when dealing with inexperienced installers--they often don't make the discharge line long enough. Part of the reason that they short-change homeowners on proper discharge line length is that their sump pump isn't powerful enough to force the water out far enough to keep the water from flowing back into the crawlspace.
Healthy Spaces crawlspace waterproofing experts recommend that a minimum of 10' of discharge line with proper grade be installed. That's a minimum and it's better to go further than that. It's also vital to make sure that you have an IceGuard where the discharge line exits the house, so the discharge line doesn't freeze.
In these pictures, you can see the crew digging out the proper space and grade for the discharge line and then the finished product! It's amazing how lovely the landscaping looks after a discharge installation!
In this comparison, you can see how the Healthy Spaces installation team is able to direct water from a leaking basement into a perimeter drain system called Waterguard, which is then connected to a high powered sump pump system to keep the basement from flooding.
You can see the gray Waterguard drainage system has been placed in a trench along the entire basement perimeter. Waterguard is a unique system because it doesn't clog like traditional French drains. One of the reasons that this doesn't happen is that Waterguard sits out of the dirt beneath your foundation--it rests on the foundation footer, where it can capture both water coming in from below and water weeping in from the walls. The entire system is cemented in place to ensure a high quality finish. In fact, Waterguard is such an effective system that you can finish your basement and forget that it's there.
In this Before and After comparison, you can see how easy it is to install a Waterguard Perimeter drain interior waterproofing system into even the most complicated basement perimeters. Once the Waterguard system is installed, it is capable of directing both wall and perimeter water to the sump pump system to be removed from the basement. It's practically invisible, too, since the entire system sits below the surface of the basement slab!
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Mr. H had been researching crawlspace waterproofing options for several years. He wasn't finding exactly what he wanted and he kept putting off dealing with the seasonal water intrusion. He met with Donnie, a Healthy Spaces design specialist several times over the course of his research and was impressed with his knowledge and the options available. Mr. H said, "Donnie and Healthy Spaces kept having more options and improvements available as I spoke with them. I realized that their company was really committed to offering me the best solutions, so I went ahead and did it!"
Donnie made sure that Mr. H and the rest of the family understood everything that was going to be installed and why. The installation crew, led by Richie Cline, walked the H's through the project upon arrival and gave them daily photo updates via email of exactly what stage of the project was in the works. The H's felt that the crew worked very hard. In fact, Mrs. H said, "Special thanks to Richie and his crew. They made everything as it should be and were so nice and polite!"