Sump Pump

At the heart of any Type C waterproofing system is the sump pump unit – the sump pump unit is responsible for the safe removal of water from the basement.

When it comes to waterproofing your basement, there are a few vital resources that every property with a basement is going to need. If you have elected to implement a type C waterproofing solution for example, then it’s going to be a forgone conclusion that you will need to have a sump pump to complete the waterproofing circuit and protect your basement against water and humidity damage, damp and even mould.

What is a sump pump though, and how will a pump protect your home against flooding and damp? Read on for all the answers you need!

What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a specialised pump that commonly sits within a type c waterproofing solution, and is usually found beneath a basement. The chief purpose of a sump pump? To make sure that any water collected by the type C waterproofing solution that would otherwise flood your basement is disposed of correctly and safely away from your property, to avoid any potential damage being incurred to your buildings foundations, or indeed to the basement itself and its contents.

Usually, a sump pump is located in a properties basement, or just dug into the ground in the area that the property receives the most water ingress (the area with the heaviest and most persistent leaks). They usually look like a plastic bucket, with a couple of pumps inside and are usually connected to a flow in tube and separate discharge lanes allowing water to flow in and out freely.

Sump pumps come in all kinds of different variations, shapes and sizes. Here at Timberwise we use a very reliable Triple Pumping Station solution, though you can find sump pumps that operate with fewer pumps inside (at greater risk though to your property).

So, what is the actual purpose of a sump pump, and how does it work?

How Do Sump Pumps work?

TripleSafe sump pump

So, how exactly does a sump pump keep your property dry? Well, it all starts with the understanding of a Type C waterproofing system, and how water is collected in a basement.

With type C waterproofing, you can expect a waterproof membrane to be applied to the walls and flooring of a basement. Fitted to the interior of the property, these membranes act as waterproof shields for the basement itself, with liquid and moisture being collected within cavity drainage systems which line the membrane like guttering, that all lead to the perimeter drainage system. The perimeter drainage system then directs the water to the sump pump collection point itself.

It’s from here that any water that has managed to make its way into your basement is pumped out of your basement through separate drainage into a designated safe area, which could be a distance away from your property or into the local drainage system.

That’s how water gets into the pump, and where it goes once it has been dispersed. How does the water get moved though? Well, the sump pump itself usually sits in a dug-out hole within the basement, where it is fitted. The pump itself looks a little like a bucket, which once filled to a designated level has its pump switched on so that the water within can be pumped away safely.

Now, sump pumps can differ in their design. Some pumps only contain one actual working pump, where some can contain multiple. The Timberwise Triple Pumping Station for example contains three separate pumps, two working on an alternate current power supply and one on a direct current line.

This is handy for a number of reasons, chiefly because if, for whatever reason, one pump is not enough to clear the filling sump pump, then a secondary backup pump can also switch on to accommodate two separate discharge lines, clearing your basement of water much quicker in times of heavy rainfall or high humidity.

It’s also worth noting that should you be subject to rainfall during a blackout, you still won’t be vulnerable to water damage. That’s because the Timberwise Triple Pumping station has that third, DC circuit operated pump to rely on, meaning that should your properties power supply fail, you still have a battery operated pump to rely on.

It’s not just for your piece of mind either. This configuration of pumps complies with BS8102 as well as NHBC and LABC guidelines, the chief set of guidelines that properties have to adhere to when it comes to waterproofing standards.

Installation is hassle-free and carried out by our trained technicians. In fact, when it comes to the day to day running of your sump pump, you shouldn’t need to become overly involved or even interfere with its running at all.

Instead, our technicians can install the sump pump in a way that makes access as easy as possible, with qualified professionals from the Basement Sump & Pump Company (the go-to specialists for sump pump maintenance and repair here at Timberwise) capable of performing extensive and thorough check and clean services annually, to make sure that your sump pump is performing at its peak year round.

Why Do You Need a Sump Pump?

If you are reading this whilst in ownership of a property that has a basement or any kind of room that routinely floods, then you seriously need to consider the fact that a sump pump could save you a lot of money, not just from the obvious damage that can be inflicted on your property through flooding, but also from damp, mould and other forms of moisture related property degradation.

Consider this: A small amount of water ingress may be totally manageable to you. In fact, you may be able to head down to your basement every day and wipe up any pooled water, even at the height of the wettest spell of the year.

The thing is, that kind of solution is no good for anyone. You might think you are saving money, but in reality, you aren’t even scratching the surface of the problem. Not only are you vulnerable to damp forming in the wall where the water is continually entering, but if it is to pool in the same area day after day there is every chance that the routine build up of moisture will lead to damp in the floor itself, and even additional condensation in the basement.

Condensation building in the basement means that you are fostering the ideal environment for black mould to fester and grow – and that can only lead to additional damage and health issues within your basement.

So, the main reason that you need a sump pump installing in your basement? To save yourself from the hassle of built up moisture and liquid damage, as well as the eventual cost of removing it, and repairing your walls.

The costs involved are much smaller than repair and replacement too. All you have to consider is the initial purchase and installation, as well as routine maintenance. Outside of that, your new sump pump should be enough to grant you serious peace of mind when it comes to your basement’s overall safety.

For More Information

If you would like to arrange a basement “Clean & Check” or you would like to know more about basement pump servicing either visit the Basement Sump & Pump Co website at or call 0800 288 8660.