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Outside Basement Entrance (Bilco, Gordon Door)

by Darlene Waters

Outside Basement Entrance Waters Basement Services installed in Medina, NY. Great job guys! Homeowner very happy!

 

Outside Basement Entrance Door

Before start of outside basement entrance door installed in Medina, NY

Inside Basement before Outside Entrance Door Installed

Inside Basement before Outside Entrance Door Installed

Basement window removed and digging begins to open the space for the basement entrance

Basement window removed and digging begins to open the space for the basement entrance

Preparing the foundation for Bilco or Gordon Door

Preparing the foundation for Bilco or Gordon Door

Outside Basement Door Foundation

Outside Basement Door Foundation

Inside basement ready to set door (Bilco or Gordon Door)

Inside basement ready to set door (Bilco or Gordon Door)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing touches to foundation and then stairs are set

Finishing touches to foundation and then stairs are set

Finished outside basement entrance front view

Finished outside basement entrance front view installed in Medina, NY

Finished outside basement entrance side view

Finished outside basement entrance side view installed in Medina, NY

Diverters

by Darlene Waters

What are Diverters used for in basement waterproofing?

 

Diverters establish and maintain open water pathways to direct any and all water into a drainage system (Drain Tile) (French Drain). Diverter products relieve hydrostatic pressure by facilitating water flow and removing resistance. Waterproofing systems without diverters are easily overwhelmed from groundwater.

Gutter and Downspout Water

by Darlene Waters

DO YOU KNOW HOW GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS WATER EFFECT YOUR BASEMENT?

 

Roof drainage is a common cause of wet basements. Also, downspouts that discharge water directly at foundation walls.  A typical 2000 square foot roof can produce almost 1200 gallons of water during just 1 inch of rainfall.  Fall season brings rain and leaves falling.  Keeping your gutters clean and free of debris is one of the first line of defense to help keep your basement dry. Gutters and downspouts need to be free of debris, flow freely, and the downspout; need to empty away from basement foundation. Because leaves don’t fall all at once it may be necessary to clean your gutters and downspouts more than once a season.  Waters Basement Services recommends you have your gutters inspected at least four times a year.

 

Gutter Fulll Of Debris

Gutter full of debris over time things will begin to grow if not cleaned.

 

Basement Entrance Door

by Darlene Waters

Outside Basement Entrance Doors

 

Outside basement entrance doors (Bilco) (Gordon) our guys installed last week. One in Medina and one in Rochester NY. Homeowners so happy with the outcome. Great work Kevin and Cody glad to have you on our team.

Outside Entrance Door before Waters Basement Services Install

Outside Entrance Door before Waters Basement Services Install

Outside Basement Entrance Door after Waters Basement Services Install

Outside Basement Entrance Door after Waters Basement Services Install

Outside Basement Entrance Doorbeforer Waters Basement Services Install

Outside Basement Entrance Door before Waters Basement Services Install

Outside Basement Entrance Door after Waters Basement Services Install

Outside Basement Entrance Door after Waters Basement Services Install

Lower Energy Bills

by Darlene Waters

LOWER ENERGY BILLS WITH RIM JOIST SPRAY INSULATION

 

Stop air and moisture infiltration at the rim joist (ban joist) (space between your home and basement walls) of your home. Stopping air infiltration is the best defense against energy loss. Your home lets in cold air during the winter and warm air in the summer, resulting in higher energy bills.

Stuffing fiberglass insulation between floor joists is a common method of insulating the rim joist in many homes. Fiberglass insulation has gaps and voids when installed, allowing air to infiltrate. Because fiberglass insulation doesn’t fit snugly, it is air permeable. Rim joists (Ban Joist) expand and contract with the change of seasons allowing air to enter and exit at will. Rim Joist spray insulation is a closed cell application which fills in the whole space without any gaps or voids. Unlike fiberglass insulation, which is only a thermal barrier, the spray foam insulation creates both an air and vapor barrier at the rim-joist. Creating an air barrier at the rim joist becomes vitally important because moist air can create condensation. Moist air can filter through fiberglass creating condensation at the rim-joist, which can eventually lead to mold and mildew problems.

Spray insulation sticks to the rim joist eliminating the condensing surface. Improper insulation at the rim joist can result in high energy bills, air quality issues, and moisture damage. The spray insulation is highly adhesive, so it sticks and stays in place as it expands to fill gaps. Once cured, the spray insulation provides an effective air seal as well as insulation. Because the spray insulation doesn’t allow air to move through it (which diminishes R-value) it always performs at its full rated R-value.

Before Rim Joist Spray Insulation

Rim Joist (Ban Joist) before Rim Joist Spray Insulation

Rim Joist (Band Joist) after Spray Insulation

Rim Joist (Ban Joist) after Spray Insulation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waters Basement Services, Inc. offers a solution for stopping air infiltration with Rim Joist Spray Insulation.

Why having a Backup Sump Pump is so Important!

by Darlene Waters

Backup Sump Pump! Why are so Important?

 

Every home with a sump pump should have a reliable backup sump pump system for peace of mind. In the event of a power disruption or primary pump / level control failure, it will assume the role as the primary pump, allowing time for the power to be restored or the primary pump to be repaired or replaced.

 

Water Backup Sump Pump 

  

Liberty Backup Sump Pump (photo supplied by Liberty Pumps)

Liberty Backup Sump Pump (photo supplies by Liberty Pumps website)

 

Water-driven sump pumps require no battery and need no electrical power. Instead, they use a home’s water pressure from incoming city water to create suction which pumps water out of the sump pit. Water back-up sump pumps can run indefinitely, as long as there is city water pressure coming to your home.  The homeowner no longer has to worry about power outage lasting longer than their battery powered pump’s battery life.  The water powered back-up sump pump system does not use any water until the primary system malfunctions or in the case of a power failure.  Waters Basement Services, Inc. choice would be to use a Liberty Sump Jet Water Powered Back-up Pump.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Features:

Adjustable Stainless Hose Clamp for Easy Mounting

Removes 2 Gallons of Water for Each 1 Gallon Used. (based on 5’ lift)

Fully Assembled, Compact Design

Built-in Screen with Removable Foot Valve

Constructed of Durable PVC

3 Year Warranty

Waters Basement Services, Inc. believes the best possible combination for protecting your home is a regular electric powered sump pump and a water-powered sump pump working together to keep your basement dry, and your valuables and furnishings free from damage.

Battery Backup Sump Pump System

 

PtiBoss Battery Backup Pump

PitBoss Battery Backup Pump System

 

Battery back-up sump pumps are an option for rural areas; because there is no municipal water supply available (city water) which is necessary for a water backup sump pump. A battery back-up sump pump is a separate sump pump system that is installed adjacent to your primary electric pump in the sump basin.  .  In the event of a power disruption or primary pump / level control failure, it will assume the role as the primary pump allowing time for the power to be restored or the primary pump to be repaired or replaced.  Waters Basement Services, Inc. choice would be to use a PitBoss Battery Backup System or the PitBoss Battery Backup Combo System.

 

 

 

Features:

PitBoss backup pump system (3 year warranty on backup pump).

Automatic weekly self-test. LCD Screen Displays Important Messages.

24 Hour Alarm Silence.

Battery status notifications.

System Monitors and maintains battery automatically.

75 AMP / HR Battery AGM sealed lead acid battery.

Single battery charge 2000 cycles 13000 gallons.

Battery performance if backup pump cycles: (Every 5 Min – 166 hours) (Every 2 Min – 66 hours) (Every 1 Min – 5.5 hours)

Battery Backup System Combo Kit

 

PitBoss Battery Backup Combo Kit

PitBoss Battery Backup Combo Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Features:

PitBoss ¾ horse power primary sump pump (5 year warranty).

PitBoss backup pump system (3 year warranty on backup pump).

Automatic weekly self-test. 75 AMP / HR Battery AGM sealed lead acid battery.

Single battery charge 2000 cycles 13000 gallons.

Battery performance if backup pump cycles: (Every 5 Min – 166 hours) (Every 2 Min – 66 hours) (Every 1 Min – 5.5 hours)

Waters Basement Services, Inc. believes that, while a battery backup sump pump is an option for a rural area, the homeowner might want to consider having a Generac installed (or a portable generator on hand) to maintain constant electric – as a battery backup can only be sustained for a limited number of hours.

Importance of using a Dehumidifier

by Darlene Waters

DID YOU KNOW HOW IMPROTANT IT IS TO USE A DEHUMIDIFIER AND WHERE THAT DEHUMIDIFER SHOULD BE PLACED?

 

Use a dehumidifier in your basement to keep relative humidity below 60% (Ideally between 30 and 50 percent relative humidity). Dehumidifiers should be used all year. With the energy saver dehumidifier it will only run when needed. Dehumidifiers can use a garden hose to run it over to your sump basin so there is no need to empty the water in the dehumidifier bucket.

Never put your dehumidifier right next to your sump basin, as the dehumidifier will keep trying to remove the water from your sump basin. Always have a lid on your sump basin to help keep the moisture in the sump.

If you have rooms in your basement, you may need to run a fan to help circulate the air throughout your basement.

It is also very important you should not open the windows and doors when running a dehumidifier in your basement. When the outside air is warmer than your basement air it can cause a humid atmosphere.

 

Painting Basement Walls vs Waterproofing Wall Panel System

by Darlene Waters

Basement walls are commonly damp, wet, discolored, and not esthetically pleasing.  Whether a basement is leaking or not, water is still able to pass through the porous concrete, stone or poured concrete wall due to hydrostatic pressure.  Moisture passes through the basement wall as hydrostatic pressure builds up behind the paint and causes peeling, flaking and discoloration. Mold can also begin to grow as paint is an organic material. In many cases walls look worse with peeling, flaking, failed paint coating. Basement waterproofing paints can reduce condensation, but they are not a permanent solution to basement water problems. (more…)

Genesee County Chamber of Commerce 2016 Home Show

by Darlene Waters

Bob and Darlene Waters owners of Waters Basement Services, Inc.

Bob and Darlene Waters owners of Waters Basement Services, Inc.

 

Winner of our $250.00 gift card from Home Depot is Karen Solovey, Batavia. Congratulation Karen! We would like to thank everyone who entered.

First line of defense to keep your basement dry

by Darlene Waters

The first line of defense to keep your basement dry and rid your basement of mold and mildew is to clean and repair roof gutters. Roof drainage is a common cause of wet basements. The most serious problem is downspouts that discharge water directly at foundation walls. A typical 2000 square foot roof can produce almost 1200 gallons of water during just 1 inch of rainfall. Make sure gutter water dumps away from your foundation. (more…)