Basement Pump Servicing – Keeping basements dry!

30 April 2009

Timberwise are experts when it comes to designing and installing basement waterproofing systems but there is more to keeping your basement dry than just installing the correct waterproofing solution.

People presume that their basement waterproofing system will keep their basement dry day after day, year after year without any attention. Without an annual inspection of the waterproofing system though can you really rely on your sump and pump unit to keep your basement dry?

At the heart of a Timberwise basement waterproofing system is the sump and pump unit. This is where any water in the basement is collected and then pumped to a convenient drain off location.  Think of the pump in the same way as you would the engine of a car. To keep a car in good running order it requires regular servicing and so does your pump.

To remain effective your basement system needs to be inspected and cleaned regularly – in most cases this is only once a year. With a Timberwise waterproofing solution the system is designed so that it can be serviced easily. The sumps benefit from having easy to remove lids which allow easy access to the pumps whilst the perimeter drainage has inspection ports fitted to allow the system to be ‘flushed’ and any mud and silt removed.

With a 10 point basement ‘Clean & Check’ you will have the peace of mind that your basement waterproofing system is working efficiently. If left unchecked silt and deposits along with limescale can decrease the effectiveness of the pump and the waterproofing system.

The pictures below show a recently serviced sump pump unit. Here you can quite clearly see where mud has collected in the sump chamber and the “sucked” up the impellar. The mud and silt can be seen inside the pump unit and finally a fully cleaned and checked unit ready to be put back in position.

From dirty sump pump to clean serviced unit

The basement waterproofing ‘Clean & Check’ routine comprises of the following:
• Removal of the pump unit from the sump
• Cleaning of the sump (remove lime, shingle etc.)
• Clean the pump unit
• Inspection of the running sequence of the pump
• Inspection of the alarm system
• Checking of the back up pumping system
• Descaling of the sump and pump
• Checking the water outlet for blockages
• Checking the perimeter drainage
• Replacing parts as necessary to maintain effectiveness

The ‘Clean & Check’ service is provided by The Basement Sump & Pump Co

The Basement Sump & Pump Co are experts in the maintaining and servicing of basement waterproofing systems and are a strategic partner of Timberwise. They are also registered with the Property Care Association giving you peace of mind that your basement is in the hands of the waterproofing professionals.
To arrange a survey of your basement simply call 0800 019 9949 or visit