Archive for September, 2014

  • 30 September 2014

    Case Study: New Brighton, MN

    Every now and again we run across an unusual case, like this one. In the top left picture you see the only access to this home’s crawlspace. Actually, that’s not entirely true; there is access from inside the home but you have to move a toilet to get at it … so, for all practical purposes this is the only way in. The size of the opening not only made it difficult to get in and out but also limited the kinds of things you could store in the space. Plus, the utility room, located adjacent to the crawl space, had a water problem that caused the homeowner, Dick, to put his utilities on 8 inch blocks and keep a submersible pump out on the floor since there was no drainage available.

    Due to height restrictions, it was decided we would install the larger access door like we would an egress window. The job required us to hammer up the concrete slab in front of the opening. The crew then dug the hole and, using a special diamond-bladed ring saw, enlarged the opening. A bit of foundation repair was necessary to ensure a perfect installation. The opening was framed and the door installed; followed by the window well, which has stepped sides to make access easier.

    Our crew then installed our superior sump system in the floor of the utility room. This installation was a bit different; we didn’t use drain tile to direct water to the sump basket in this small utility room. Instead we drilled holes in the cover to allow water to fill the basket and then be pumped away from the house.

    At the end of the day we had completed an unusual project and the homeowner was pleased. In fact he said we were the best company and crew he’s had on the property. When asked to grade our crew’s performance Good, Fair or Poor he gave us a “Good” and suggested we create a space for Excellent; we get that a lot. For Quality, Responsiveness, Punctuality and Professionalism Dick gave our guys 5’s across the board. And, in his closing comments stated that “it is a pleasure to have the work done by people who can and want to do it right.” If you have a problem that requires a creative solution, give us a call, we’d love to talk with you.

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  • It’s officially Fall. The time for winterizing your basement waterproofing system is drawing near.

    By winterizing your sump pumps and back up valves, you are helping guarantee a dry basement no matter what the weather forecast holds!

    While most people check the roof first when winterizing their home, followed by the electrical and the foundation, so often key elements like the sump pump and back-up valve are overlooked that can make or break how your home handles water emergencies, especially come spring time when the snow pack begins to melt.

    For the do-it-yourselfer, winterizing your sump pump can be done on your own.

    In the event you are a bit uncomfortable handling the ins and outs of basement waterproofing yourself, call in the winterizing experts from Standard Water; they’re happy to help.

    When it’s time to winterize, here are the steps you can take:

    • To help remove the possibility of freezing, first remove the discharge extension as close to your home as possible.  Install the diffuser cap from the end of the pipe in its place.
    • Open your sump basin by removing all 4 bolts.
    • Check every clamp connection to make sure they are tight and then test the pump by adding water into it until it cycles. Keep in mind the water might need to be 6-8” above the pump before it will cycle.
    • Replace the batteries in your high water alarm.
    • If you have a battery backup system, check the water level in the battery.  Add distilled water if necessary.
    • If you have a free flow discharge with a heat cable, plug it in after the first snow falls.
    • There you go, some very simple tips to help you winterize your sump pump and avoid costly and damaging accidents over the Winter!

    If all this is too complicated, contact the experts at Standard Water Control today to handle all your sump pump and back up valve jobs and projects!


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  • 18 September 2014

    SP33 Submersible Pump

  • Battery Backup Sump Pump SystemIf you’re planning to remodel your basement we highly recommend taking care of any water problem you have first. That way you can remodel with full confidence and peace of mind that your investment is protected from water intrusion and damage.

    At this home in Plymouth, Minnesota we not only fixed the water problem but also began the basement renovation by installing two beautiful egress windows. Our crew jackhammered the basement floor 18 inches from the wall and dug a trench sloped toward the sump basket. Then they installed rigid PVC drain tile surrounded by a gravel field that acts as a filter medium to keep dirt out of the system. When the drain tile is installed in this way you don’t ever have to worry about the system plugging up.

    Our homeowner, Jackie, chose two popular options for additional peace of mind. She had us install a battery back-up system, in case the power goes out or the flow of water becomes extreme due toEgress Window Installation unusually heavy rains. Jackie also had us install our buried discharge system so the water discharge pipe wouldn’t be in the way or compete with her landscaping. Finally we installed two code compliant egress window systems.

    How did we do? Jackie gave us 5’s across the board for Quality, Responsiveness, punctuality and professionalism; and went on to say Standard Water provided caring and personal communication along with high quality and workmanship. Her final comment really made us feel good. She said … “I am so happy with the results!” If you have basement remodeling plans, please keep us in mind.

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  • This is a fairly large commercial building in Hudson, Wisconsin. The owners needed us to stabilize the walls, which were 13 feet high, and take care of a water seepage problem. Added to our typical challenges were very thick floors that required special tools and the fact the building was built into a hill. We run into these issues every now and again so we know how to deal with them.

     First, our crew prepared the walls for the carbon/kevlar stabilization straps made by Fortress Stabilization Systems. These are the same straps used to repair bridges and parking ramps … and the same straps we use in residential installations. Once the wall is prepared, the straps are encased in epoxy resin and allowed to set. These stabilization straps will ensure this wall won’t move again.

    The floors of this building are extra thick which required a special saw to cut through them. Once cut, the concrete around the perimeter is jackhammered away from the footing for the installation of our drain tile system. Trenches are dug at a downward slope to the sump and the rigid pvc drain tile is installed. Washed rock is poured into the trench over and around the drain tile to act as a filter medium and to keep the drain tile out of the dirt.

    Meantime, other members of the crew were working on the wall embedded into the hill. To ensure moisture from the soil that may seep through the porous concrete block won’t be a problem, we decided to install Delta Drainage Board on the entire wall. This way we can direct any seepage down the wall, across the footing into the system and on down to the sump where it will be pumped away.

    When this is done, the drain tile crew installes our patented Diamond Drainage Board in the rest of the building, a vapor barrier over the gravel field and closes up the system with new cement mixed on site. This was a big job … 33 Fortress Stabilization straps 13 feet high, and 250 feet of drain tile, along with an entire wall covered by Delta Drainage Board. With the job done the owners are now ready to remodel and put this building to constructive use, secure in the knowledge their building is safe and dry.


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  • 02 September 2014

    Case Study: Saint Paul, MN

    We recently ran into a very unusual situation in St. Paul, Minnesota. These pictures show an exposed footing that actually extends 6 inches above the basement floor. A previous system had been installed that directed JSN 72337 Draintile-Installation-40water–via tubes–across the footing, down its face and into an open gap to be directed to the sump basket. Due to holes in the exterior of the foundation walls mud was infiltrating the system and plugging things up.

    The best solution in this case was to employ delta drainage board, like this, so we could capture the water from the holes in the block, direct it into the rigid drain tile under the floor and down to our superior sump systemwhere it could be pumped away from the house. This also meant we had to repair the holes in the exterior walls to keep the dirt and water out in the first place. When faced with an unusual situation like this we often have to employ solutions you don’t typically see. Such is the case here, as we had to flush the block of any remaining dirt and mud to ensure proper drainage.

    JSN 72337 Foundation-Installation-4Our crew excavated around the problem area all the way down to the footing which required taking up a portion of the sidewalk. They patched the holes, added primer and a rubber membrane to prevent moisture from getting in. Delta drainage board was then installed to protect the membrane. The soil was replaced, carefully tamped and the new sidewalk installed. Now this homeowner has true peace of mind knowing their basement will be dry and their water control system will run clean and clear for many years to come. Unusual problems are no problem for Standard Water … please don’t hesitate to call if your have thoughts or questions. Thanks for watching.

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