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Here's a quick look at a basement in which Erickson Foundation Supportworks recently installed a complete waterproofing system, including a highly advanced sump pump. This basement was regularly taking on water due to a high water table and cracks within the floors and walls. These combined issues resulted in inches of water pooling and sitting stagnant on the basement floor. This beautiful home in East Kingston, New Hampshire was at risk of facing mold issues, rot, and an overall decrease in value.  Here's the step by step of installing the sump pump system and sealing the cracks.

1. Remove material and install sump pump

First we cut out concrete and dug up material along the border of the wall, creating a gutter type feature. A wet saw is used along with an industrial fan to keep the concrete dust to a minimum. In one corner, a hole was also dug down to make space for the 18" x 24" SuperLiner, which receives the water and contains the pump. 

Sump pump laid in place

Sump pump laid in place

State-of-the-art SuperSump system.

State-of-the-art SuperSump system.

2. Install water channels

As there was a high water table, we installed a water channel system along the perimeter of the basement walls. These channels would catch the rising water and direct it towards the sump pump. The channels are covered with crushed stone and felt paper, and then a layer of fresh concrete to resurface the basement floor.

A look at the water channels installed along the perimeter of the walls

A look at the water channels installed along the perimeter of the walls

Crushed stone and felt paper placed over the channels

Crushed stone and felt paper placed over the channels

3. Pour new concrete and clean the surface

Once the channels and sump pump are in place, fresh concrete can be poured over the exposed areas to resurface the basement floor. It's important to seal completely around the sump pump unit, not leaving any holes or air space exposed. The container itself has holes in it, allowing for water to enter through the sides. 

Pouring the new concrete over the water channels

Pouring the new concrete over the water channels

The sump pump liner is completely sealed around, no holes or space being left expose along the edges allowing air to escape

The sump pump liner is completely sealed around, no holes or space being left expose along the edges allowing air to escape

4. Fill the cracks on the walls and floor with a sealant

We taped the edges while applying the sealant, giving it clean, straight edges when finished.

We taped the edges while applying the sealant, giving it clean, straight edges when finished.

The small cracks in the floor allowed water to rise up and into the basement. We widened them slightly with a saw and filled with sealant

The small cracks in the floor allowed water to rise up and into the basement. We widened them slightly with a saw and filled with sealant

5. Finished waterproofing sump pump system

The basement is now waterproofed, with the cracks sealed and the sump pump system installed. The system pumps 2,650 gallons per hour, smoothly and quietly. There is also an alarm system which is triggered should the pump not automatically kick on for whatever reason. The finished look is clean and professional, not an unsightly hole with a small pump and pipe sticking out of it.

Basement is restored to it's regular condition, now waterproofed and safe from high rising water.

Basement is restored to it's regular condition, now waterproofed and safe from high rising water.

The sump pump and pipe are clean and efficient. If they ever sell this home, it will look well taken care of.

The sump pump and pipe are clean and efficient. If they ever sell this home, it will look well taken care of.

Buying or selling a home with a waterproofing system shouldn't take away from the value of the home...if it's done correctly. Installing a clean, efficient system which is airtight and presentable should set the bar. Homeowners requiring a waterproofing system with a sump pump should expect no less, as the home is their investment.