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Posts from June 2009

Battery Backup Systems and Dehumidifiers

Posted on June 30, 2009

There are a lot of battery backup and dehumidifier systems on the market, and after a lot of research and almost 50 years of experience, our family at Arid has found two products to be of the utmost quality and efficiency.

We get many phone calls from clients who are satisfied with their French drain system — until a storm comes where the power goes out. The custom battery backup system that we put together comes with a 1/2 HP pump and protects your basement twofold: It kicks on when your electric pump doesn't have juice in case of a power failure, and it will also save you if your primary pump malfunctions. In a typical storm, a pump will cycle once every 5-15 minutes. With a major storm, your pump could cycle once every 2 minutes and with a brand new battery, it will last you about 28 hours (we did testing at our shop).  Mind you, if your battery is older or has been used, you will get less than 28 hours. Once the power comes back on, the battery charges itself back up.

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2 Ways Water Gets Into Your Basement

Posted on June 29, 2009

There are a couple of different ways water gets into a basement.

One way is water entering and trickling down the wall at around eye level (if you’re standing in the basement). Essentially this means that the source of the water is stemming from grade level. Water coming into the basement this way is due to poor grading and, or, unsatisfactory leaders and gutters. The grading needs to be built up and sloped away from the house approximately 5 feet. The gutters need to be cleaned regularly and the leaders need to discharge the water away from the house, again, approximately 5 feet.  

The only other way water can get into the house is due to the water table. In our area, there is a high water table and with a certain amount of precipitation, it causes the water table to rise, putting pressure on the foundation. Typically, it comes in where the floor and the wall meet, through cracks in the slab or through the wall at the base of the foundation. If this is the issue, the only way to permanently solve the problem, is to install a French drain.

We install a French drain by breaking open the concrete floor about a foot wide, dig and trench it out, lay perforated PVC pipe and gravel in the trench and recover the trench with concrete. The French drain is installed so that everything is gravity fed to a sump pump and the pump discharges the water up and out of the basement. After Arid installs a French drain, we back our work up with a Lifetime Guarantee that you will not have any water on the floor again!