All About Umbrellas

Since Rightway Waterproofing is “The Original Umbrella” for your basement, we felt that it’d be nice to pay homage to the history of the marvelous invention that’s been keeping people dry for centuries.

Umbrellas have symbolized wealth and status, been a fashion statement and (of course) been used to protect individuals from the elements. They’ve evolved alongside technology to become efficient, effective and often stylish.

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The parasol-style umbrella has been around since ancient Egypt. You  may have seen these sheer accessories being held by royalty to protect themselves from the sun (they may even have been fed grapes simultaneously).

It wasn’t until later when this invention became a device used to deflect water. In China, umbrella manufacturing became a profitable business that catered to the rich.

Fast forward to 1928, when the first foldable umbrella was invented by Hans Haupt. This was one of the biggest advancements in umbrella history. It allowed greater functionality and convenience. This innovation was patented in 1969 by Bradford E. Phillips and became an instant sensation.

Different Types of Umbrellas:

Classic Umbrellas – Opened and closed with two hands, these umbrellas have a locking mechanism to stay open.

Automatic Umbrellas – Small, compact, and able to be operated single-handedly. Smaller versions of these are called Pocket Umbrellas, which are very lightweight and under one foot in length. These are ideal for coat pockets, purses and briefcases.

Storm Umbrellas – These heavy-duty umbrellas are built to withstand high-speed wind and turbulent weather up to 55 mph. These are commonly the centerpiece for outdoor patio furniture and picnic tables.

BONUS – Cocktail Umbrellas – Don’t forget these adorable micro-umbrellas that are used to add some flair to your favorite sugary beverage. Generally, these are about two inches and serve no purpose other than to look pretty. (I guess you can use them to stir the drink?)

You’ll be able to enjoy a nice beachside cocktail knowing that your home’s cellar is protected while you are away. We understand the importance of Philadelphia basement waterproofing. After all, we are a go-to Philadelphia basement waterproofing company for a reason. We take pride in being your home’s umbrella.

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John and Barbara Vicich

“We wanted to thank you for your personal and specialized attention to the water problem we had in our basement. You took the time to inspect the whole situation and gave us recommendations, all of which worked. You had a way of explaining the process and materials that would be used in a way that we understood. We are very pleased with the work that was done and would highly recommend your company to anyone.”

-John and Barbara Vicich

Debbie, Berwyn

“The day after Hurricane Irene, all of my neighbors basements were filled with water, while mine remained dry! It is wonderful, everything remains dry and the battery backup worked beautifully when my power was out for 2 days. Dry AND quiet, thank you, thank you! Thanks! Debbie, Berwyn”

-Debbie, Berwyn

Doug Smith, Glenside

“All I have to say is that Hurricane Irene was no match for the job that Rightway did for my basement and my father-in-law’s. I had my basement done 5 years ago and we are still bone dry and my father-inlaw’s was done last year and another dry basement… Great job! I highly recommend them for waterproofing and mold remediation.”

-Doug Smith, Glenside


“I’d highly recommend these guys for your basement. My basement has been dry since they installed a sump pump and French drain in June. They offer a competitive price, they get the job done quickly and they stand by their work. Please mention my name if you proceed down the road with these guys.”


Angelo and Sandra Patiri

“We had our basement waterproofed with Rightway Waterproofing in 2007, after all this time and just getting through Hurricane Irene, we did not get a drop of water in our basement. Rightway Waterproofing did a very good job and we are very satisfied!”

-Angelo and Sandra Patiri