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CWM Environmental’s Transport Department has grown over the years and is large enough to cater from small domestic customer to large civic amenity sites. Our fleet  is always on the go, daily collecting materials and waste from our own HWRC’s, Transfer Stations as well as our commercial customers. We have the ability to collect a variety of waste types in our vehicles including waste water and sewage, our courteous competent drivers have vast knowledge of carrying different types of waste and recyclable materials and hold all the relevant licenses and qualifications to carry dangerous goods and of course we hold a Waste Carriers License issued by Natural Resources Wales. We re also dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint while maintaining an efficient service for our customers, to monitor this our vehicles are fitted with on-board telematics that promote safety and fuel efficiency and all of our drivers are additionally qualified with the SAFED ( Safe and efficient driving) scheme. However, there is an old adage about basements: There are those that are wet, and those that are going to be wet. Most sump pumps use this basic design. They sit on a bed of gravel or rocks at the bottom of sump pump pit.

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Translation: Your basement WILL get wet eventually. There is a difference between wet and under water though. One way of preventing the latter is a sump pump. Depending on a variety of things: where you live, your area's water table level, the age of your home, you may or may not have a sump pump. Here in the Chicago Burbs sump pumps are pretty standard operating procedure. Your sump pump pit, if designed properly, collects all the excess water surrounding your house. Some water will always sit in this pit, but when the water level gets to a designed threshold, your sump pump springs into action, and pumps the water out away from your house, keeping your basement dry! Luckily, I don't have a lot of first hand experience with sump pumps, as I've never had one fail on me (cross my fingers, knock on wood, open an umbrella indoors. . Wait, what? ), but I want to outline how critical they can be with a sidebar story. This past April, we recorded over 65'' of rain. Now that might not seem like much to you readers in Seattle, but that's about our entire Spring season average most years. There was one stretch in particular of about a week straight where, it started raining, and it didn't quit. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin' rain. And big ol' fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath. Shoot, it even rained at night. Yes boys and girls, we had a real Forest Gump situation on our hands. Streets and basements were flooded, and sump pumps were sold out at every Home Depot, Ace, Lowe's, and Farm Fleet. I heard several stories about people waiting outside of home centers for sump pump delivery trucks and upon there arrival, people fighting - literally fist fighting - ala Black Friday specials. Only replace talking Elmo's with sump pumps!

Lots and lots of sump pumps! Anyways - back on topic. This blog is not going to talk about how to install a sump pump. Our good friends at This Old House have a great video and instructions on installing a sump pump. Plus, 95% of you reading this already had one when you bought the house. So why am I reading this? Good question! Because I want to share some of the pitfalls to sump pumps that can lead to water in the basement, and how to avoid/prevent them! Sump pumps run on this fancy form of power called electricity! See Jason's extensive section of the blog on unraveling this mysterious form of power and harnessing its capabilities. Usually, when your sump pump needs to be running is during heavy rainfalls. Often that rainfall is accompanied by other weather phenomenon, namely lightning and wind. Lightning and wind like to knock out power and when that power is the same power running your sump pump, what do you think happens? Spoiler Alert - Your sump pump stops working when you need it to be working the most. How can you avoid this? Battery backup pumps kick on when your primary source of power is killed. They typically run on a 67-volt deep cycle marine battery. An electric charger keeps the backup fully charged and ready to spring into action. They cost between $855-$555 and can be installed relatively easily, or so I'm told. - Don't install the battery on the floor. Use a plastic case and/or build a stand or wall mount. It'd be a shame if power went out, your sump overflowed and the overflow fried your backup battery, wouldn't it? - Make sure the outlet for your primary system is mounted near your system and well above floor level. Don't run extension cords from a sump pump motor to an outlet across the basement. Level 6 - Homes where drainage is poor and sump pumps run constantly, even with little to no rain. In these homes, it is absolutely critical to keep your sump pumps well maintained.

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Testing is probably not needed because it's going off every couple of days. You should keep a spare pump in your home for quick replacement in the event of a failure. Level 7 is probably the ideally designed system in which more often than not, your sump pump isn't normally running. Your sump pump will kick on during heavy rains for a brief period and right back off. These will require occasional testing to ensure proper performance. Level 8 is thankfully where I reside - I've never heard my pump go off even during our week long Forest Gump rainfall marathon. I suppose I can thank the city of Oswego for excellent civil engineering (or dumb luck). If you are like me though, you'll want to test your system at LEAST annually to make sure your pump is still working for the rare instance you really need it. How to test your system Simple! Pour water in! Get yourself a 5 gallon bucket of water, and slowly (about the rate rain water might enter) pour the water in until the float triggers your pump to activate. At this point you are hopefully watching the water level drop, and successfully shut back off when your float drops back below the shutoff level. If that's not what happens, troubleshoot and repair/replace as needed. One of those sad but funny because it didn't happen to me stories here - During the aforementioned Forest Gump rain, my buddy at work walked into his basement to find his floating floor. Floating. It leaves his house, makes a right angle into the ground, then another right angle to travel away from his house. The right angle below ground had broken. He thinks this was due to tree roots and has now resolved the problem but it was a difficult one to diagnose as you can imagine. His pump, meanwhile, is in quite a predicament, trying to combat both the natural water flow, plus the backflow of everything its already pumped. Ultimately it couldn't keep up. Basement flooding ensued. Luckily his basement wasn't fully finished so casualties were minimal. More Power! Aarrghhh argh argh! (they are usually a 6/7 or 6/9 HP). Most people have a simple piece of PVC sticking out the side of their house.

Some have additional tubes running away from their home. Others like my buddy, have underground lines. Whatever your design, ensure they are working properly. This articles getting a bit long but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention 8 other ways a sump pump can fail. Got any questions about sump pumps? Leave them in the comments section below! Signing you up. Come on internet, it\'s GO TIME! Don't even get me started about SUMP PUMPS! They are a nightmare. Long story short, new house, less than 6 year in the pump fails. We don't notice until we go down stairs to get something out of the freezer. FLOOD! Home warranty covers 655 bucks for the pump cost, that's it! Second flood the power was out for 6 hours in a heavy rain. Third flood the pump was just overwhelmed. So we spent 7855 bucks on a Super Sump System. 7 of the best pumps you can buy, plus a deep cycle back up pump. Now I can start to finish the basement! Cheers! Yes, yes you can. That sucks about the pump failure(s). Sounds like you hit all of the major failure points. At least you rest easier now. Good luck with the new basement, I'll drink one for you tonight! - JasonWhat is model of 7 super pump systems you bought n super back up system.

I have high water table n need to find same system. Thanks. One thing not mentioned in this article is, you can purchase a water sensor /detection alarm for like 65 bucks on Amazon or Ebay. This will help you to avoid any major damages which will cause due to the sum pump failure. Good point, I think I mention that somewhere in another article. I have a couple of water sensors near critical areas in my basement. - JasonOur house is 85 years old. Poored concrete walls. Weve owned for 5years. Sit on a ridge with good natural drainage. There is a sump crock with no pump. As far as i know there has never been any water in the basement. Should i still install a pump, before finishing? Hello Pat - I would say no, you're probably fine without the pump. If the house is 85 years old and hasn't had any water issues it's unlikely to start anytime soon, especially if you're on a ridge with good natural drainage. Good luck finishing your basement! - JasonWe just bought a house with a similar situation. We have a sump crock but no pump and we've been *told* there's never been an issue with water in the basement. It's been raining somewhat heavily for the last few days and expected to continue for the next week. We've been keeping an eye on the pit, how high should we let the water get before we rush out and buy a sump pump? We're currently around 7-8 inches from the top. Before the rain it was around 65-67 inches from the top. Thanks! Hi Sara - I realize I'm a few days late answering your rather time sensitive question. How did it turn out? Any flooding?

My advice would be to get a sump pump.

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