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Installing a Sump Pump

Failed Sump PumpWhen you have a home that is built on a natural spring or you tend to notice a lot of basement flooding, a sump pump can be a welcome solution. A sump pump will pull water out of the foundation, preventing it from flooding your basement. If you lose a basement to water problems, you are looking at thousands of dollars in repairs. You need to be able to look at treating the problem with basement flooding and saving thousands of dollars in the process. Installing a sump pump is an effective method to managing your water issues. Here are some tips to help you effectively install a sump pump.

Check your Drains

If you are dealing with basement flooding, the solution might be in the drains on the roof. If your drains are clogged, water will fall off the drain, right next to your home. This is easy for basement flooding to occur since the water has nowhere else to go. You need to clean your drains and downspouts frequently. It is also a smart idea to check on the drains to make sure they are attached securely to your home. Use drain spouts to help direct the water out and away from your home.

Installing the Pump

For you to install the pump, you need to know what your home is sitting on. Some homes have a large layer of gravel underneath. This method has been used over the past 30-40 years to prevent basement flooding. The goal of the gravel is to guide water out and away from the home. Water always seeks the path that is easiest to follow and it is easier for water to seep through the gravel than your cement slabs.

Break into a corner or area of your basement flooring. Try to install this in the area where you have the highest flooding or water concentration in the basement. Break through the cement and leave a good 2 to 4 feet open. This will give you room to work with so you can add a large plastic pit and liner. Once you have it opened and you have dug down into the ground a good 30 inches or more, you can add the large bucket or pit. Place a pit liner around it and then secure it in place with gravel.

What this will do is give you an area for the water to go when you are having flooding problems. The upper area of the pit will collect water and push it to the bottom area. The sump pump will automatically pump the water out of this basin so it doesn’t have a chance to overflow and get onto your floor.  Adding a sump pump can cost close to $500 with all the tools, time, and effort it takes to install one. If you want to find out a professional installation cost, contact your local Rotorooter to learn more about sump pumps.

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