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Arid Basement Waterproofing Receives 2012 Best of Ramsey Award!

Posted on December 16, 2012

This is the second year in a row we won the best waterproofing contractor award! It's good to know that our hard work goes unnoticed! We love being in Bergen county, NJ and especially Ramsey.

Iron Bacteria~A Basement Waterproofer’s Nemesis

Posted on September 18, 2012

Iron Bacteria~A Basement Waterproofer’s Nemesis

    When you've been in business for as long as Arid Basement Waterproofing has, you come across certain situations that challenge and force you to find a solution.  One particular situation that fits this bill is iron bacteria. A naturally occurring substance, it's found from time to time in the soil due to high iron (ferrous) content. Iron bacteria is harmless to you and your pets, but it could have an odor to it, similar to rotten vegetables or a murky swamp. It looks like brownish, orange slime coating everything it comes in contact with and leaves a rust-like residue when cleaned up. From Wikipedia.com: "Iron bacteria are bacteria that derive the energy they need to live and multiply by oxidizing dissolved ferrous iron (or the less frequently available manganese). The resulting ferric oxide is insoluble, and appears as brown gelatinous slime that will stain plumbing fixtures, and clothing or utensils washed with the water carrying it."

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How to Check Your Sump Pump

Posted on August 6, 2010

Here at Arid Basement Waterproofing, we advise our customers in New Jersey and New York to check their sump pumps at least every season or when a big storm is in the forecast.  Testing the pump is fairly easy.  There are two ways you can test the pump, but one is preferred and more thorough than the other.

The first method is to reach down into the sump (pit) and with your finger lift up the float, usually that oblong, black or white ball that hangs off of the sump pump.  By lifting the float on the pump, you trigger the motor on and should hear the impeller (the device that moves the water up the pipe) become engaged and if there’s water in the sump, it will pump it out.  If there isn’t enough water in the sump or none at all, then you will just hear the motor run and no swish of the water up the discharge pipe.  The problem when there is no or little water in the pit and just hear the motor kick on, you don’t know if the impeller is properly working.  It could get stuck which happens from time to time (see below for remedy).

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When Water Comes Up Through the Middle of the Floor

Posted on May 30, 2010

A lot of people think they are doomed when they see that puddle coming up through the middle of the floor.  They think just putting a French drain around the perimeter can’t possibly take care of the water coming up through a crack in the middle.  And for the most part, they are right.  At Arid Basement Waterproofing, when we visit a house and are told that water comes up through a crack, our remedy is to extend the French drain “laterally” through the floor where the crack exists.  If the crack extends from the perimeter and runs 16 feet into the middle of the floor, well then we run our lateral 16 feet right along that crack.  Sometimes, there is no crack and water comes up around a lolly column.  Or, in extreme cases, I’ve seen water come up through the concrete floor all by itself with no seam or crack.  The concrete will definitely look a little pitted, or shaded differently than the rest of the basement.  But any which way you slice it, if water is seeping in other places than near exterior walls, a lateral is needed off of the perimeter  French drain to guarantee the area in the middle of the floor.

Note: When installing the perimeter French drains, typically there is a 1′ gap left between the floor and the wall (a floating floor).  If a lateral is needed, there are no gaps left.  The lateral is completely covered over with concrete.  Any flooring (carpet, tile, floor boards, etc.) can be put down and without any sign of the lateral.

Good Video of Sump Pump Installation

Posted on May 13, 2010

Here’s a video of This Old House’s General Contractor Tom Silva installing a sump pump.  It’s pretty comprehensive and pretty much shows the whole process of putting a sump pump in a basement.

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