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Window Wells

Posted on April 23, 2014

A common water problem is when rainwater fills up into window wells due to poor grading and comes through the window sill and down the wall. Sometimes, it can even come through the cinder blocks right below the casement window.  The most common reason for this is poor grading around the window well. Usually when this is the case, the top of the window well (cement, galvanized steel, bricks) is even with the dirt, grass, garden bed, mulch, etc., and the surface water hits the ground and trickles down into the window well. It fills up like a pool and finds its way into your basement through the window sill, cinder blocks or mortar joints.

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To Pitch or Not to Pitch

Posted on March 19, 2013

One of the features of an Arid Basement Waterproofing French drain system that separates us from our competition is that we pitch the PVC pipe and trench to the sump. Most companies do NOT pitch the pipe and only go to a uniform depth of about 6 to 8 inches. These companies, in their literature, will state something regarding the footing (e.g., to the footing, alongside the footing). The reason for creating a downward slope to the pit is so the water is gravity-fed down to the sump and pumped out. In addition, that flowing water constantly cleans out the pipe because water doesn't sit in a tilted pipe. Creating a pitched trench clearly takes more labor, removing and replacing material, and know-how, including how to navigate the pitch around sewer pipes, boulders, etc. Some customers ask why there are companies out there who don't pitch the pipe. It's because it's simpler: less dirt is removed so less gravel is needed. But potentially system-blocking sedimentation can occur when water sits in a flat, non-pitched pipe.

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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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