Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
Virgil Ayers is the owner of Ayers Basement Systems and one of the most trusted authorities in basement waterproofing, crawl space and structural foundation repair in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and nearby areas in Mid and Western Michigan.
In this episode of Ask the Expert, Virgil answers a question from a customer in Battle Creek, MI looking for a better sump pump for his basement because his current one is always breaking down.
According to Virgil, having a good, cast iron pump is critical. Plastic encased sump pumps are not very reliable. Plastic doesn't disperse the heat very well, so the sump pump tends to overheat and burn out.
Having tested many sump pumps over the course of 30 years in business with Ayers Basement Systems, Virgil recommends the American made, cast iron pumps included in every sump pump system installed by his company. These units can pump out up to 2500 gallons of water per hour! Ayers Basement Systems installs them as a complete system, which includes an air tight sealed container to protect children and pets, prevent water evaporation into the basement, and keep debris from falling into the pit and jamming the switches. A stand is also included to lifts the pump above the silt and debris that usually accumulate at the bottom of a sump pit, keeping the pump from clogging.
A water alarm is also available so if the pump ever stops, the alarm will sound and let you know.