If the alarm is going off that can mean one of two things. If you have a battery backup pump it is letting you know the battery backup is working. It will continue until the power comes back on.
If you have a water watch alarm there is a button on the alarm that you can press for 3-5 seconds to silence the alarm for 24 hours.
There is not a set amount of hours for the battery backup. The battery backup will pump 12,000 gallons of water on a single charge. How long the battery will last depends on how much water you have in your space.
There are several options for repair of a leaky foundation crack depending on if the crack is in a basement or a crawlspace. Using a product such as Xypex or carbon armor or Flexispan will fill cracks. You need to ensure that the crack is not due to too much hydrostatic pressure.
If you fill the crack the water and pressure will migrate to a new location. A free inspection to go over the various options you have for your basement or crawlspace is always in your best interest even if you decide to fix the issue yourself.
Mold is always a tricky one. The fix for mold depends on not only the type of mold but the source and the location. Surface mold can be cleaned with a variety of things including; bleach water, vinegar, hydrogen & peroxide, or baking soda. This, however, will only eliminate the surface mold you can see.
In order to eliminate mold, you must reduce the relative humidity in the space. This can easily be done with a dehumidifier in the space.
Often this can be due to a tripped GFI (think about the small button on your home plug-ins that sometimes flip if something too powerful is plugged in). This is a safety precaution to make sure you don't start a fire or blow the fuse. The sump pump may also have one of these GFI's depending on the type and model. This could be located on the sump pump or on the cord or outlet it is connected to.
If resetting this GFI does not restore function to your system, please call our office so we can have one of our techs come and look at it.
There is a number of issues moisture can cause under and in your home. You can experience mold growth, wood rot, increased energy costs, sagging floors, cracked walls, sagging insulation, and increase of bugs and animals under the home and many more issues. for a complete list and explanation of issues caused by moisture, give our office a call. We will be happy to send someone out to go over it all with you for free.
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