Staying dry during power outages

One of the most common questions we face as experts in basement design is: “How do we keep our basement space dry?” Creating stunning basements isn’t just about décor and cutting-edge technology installations, behind the scenes there are thousands of decisions and techniques which make the whole space work properly. This question has become ever more pertinent since the rather aggressive weather we saw in 2022, there were several ‘named’ storms causing havoc in cities throughout the UK.

So, if you would like to speak to a member of our team about a construction project for 2023, give us a call on 01628 826066 or email us.

Finding a way!

To borrow a phrase from a popular dinosaur movie, “nature finds a way”. Water and flooding is a risk for almost all city properties in the UK, especially older cities such as London. Our capital city is prone to flooding, not because of the media-reported “hundreds of iceberg basements” but because the pre-Victorian drainage and sewer systems were not designed with such a huge population in mind.

Add to this new weather systems and you get flooding.

Many people will assume that when they have a basement excavated into their properties that we stop water from penetrating the basement, this is not the case – trying to stop water is futile. What we do is redirect it. There is a sophisticated system and network of water pumps and permeable membranes which redirect the flow of water around and away of the basement structure.

Power outages

Such over population of cities and the addition of the cost-of-living crisis creates energy issues; and with climate change becoming more of an issue, you need to have a plan to keep your basement dry. Generally, basements do not flood; well, ours don’t. Some of the main causes of flooding basements include poor construction methods, high water tables, poorly installed drainage systems and significant weather events.

So, what happens to these pumps when the power goes out?

No one knows this business like our friends at Delta Membranes. Below they talk about the benefits of battery packs to help keep basements dry during power outages:

As a key component of a basement waterproofing system, sump pumps are vital in keeping a basement dry, especially a basement that is prone to leakage, seeping or flooding.

One of the most important aspects of a Type C, cavity drainage system is the basement drainage system.  Sump pumps are designed to safely remove groundwater from basements/cellars/below ground structures, including any water collected from a cavity drain membrane system.

Sump and pump systems/basement drainage systems provide homeowners with peace of mind, protecting their property against flooding and severe weather conditions.

Any events which lead to power cuts or outages, a compatible battery backup system will function as a continuous power source for sump pumps to continue collecting water from a cavity drain membrane system in the event of mains power being unavailable. Delta battery backups can, on average (depending on cycle times of pumps) supply continuous power for hours/days dependent on the pump size and activation frequency.

The basement drainage system is the beating heart of a Type C waterproofing system. It is essential that you can access your basement sump pump.  Basement drainage systems should be regularly inspected and maintained to avoid the build-up of limescale and other deposits that get into the basement drainage system.

Get in Touch

If you are thinking about undertaking a basement project or extending your property in the new year make sure you give us a call. We are the leading specialists in basement conversions and design. You can call us on 01628 826066 or email us. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for all the latest updates.

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