If you are lucky enough to have a basement, it is going to be a priority to keep it dry. Water in a basement can be devastating. Maybe you don’t have your basement finished and don’t use the square footage but having water in the basement can still cause many problems. Mold and mildew can start to grow that can lead to serious health problems if left alone. One of the best ways to make sure there isn’t water in your basement is to have a sump pump installed. Tite-Seal Waterproofing is here to talk about what a sump pump does and how it is installed.
Where Does a Sump Pump Drain Into?
When you have a sump pump installed in your basement, it is put there to help relieve the pressure that is caused by too much water. This helps to make sure that your basement stays dry. There is a drain system that is installed all around your foundation that funnels water into a sump pit. Once the water reaches a certain level, the sump pump turns on and the water is ejected somewhere outside, usually down by the street where you live. While this can be installed by a DIYer, it isn’t recommended as the system needs to be installed correctly for it to work as it should.
A Sump Pump is Not Easy to Install!
There are several steps that are included in the installation of a sump pump. You can put a sump pump in both a basement and a crawl space. Here is what you can expect during the process.
– Jackhammer: The first step in this process is to create a sump pit and a drainage channel. This is done with a jackhammer. The drainage channel is put around the edge of the basement floor and the sump pit will be put below the basement floor level. It is usually located in one of the corners of your basement.
– Sump Liner, Drainpipe & Sump Pump: The sump pit is lined with fine gravel. A drainpipe is also installed in the drainage channel at a slight slope that will encourage the water to go into the sump pit and the sump pump is placed inside the sump pit.
– Patch: Once the system is installed, the floor will need to be patched and a clear cover will be put on the top of the sump pit.
– Power to Sump Pump: The sump pump needs to be set up on its own circuit. This circuit should be a GFCI protected circuit.
– Exterior Drain Line: Finally, the basement rim joist will need to be drilled out so that the plastic drain line can extend through it and connect to the exterior line.