Sump Pump Installation Clearly Explained
Flooded basements will raise your blood pressure faster than fatty foods and sugar. The amount of money it costs to fully recover from a serious basement flood can be quite staggering depending on the circumstances. After all the repairs and maintenance are done, wouldn't you like to know what is causing the flooding since the plumbing is in good condition? The fact is that many homes experience flooding because of the foundation soil. How wet the climate is, underwater levels, and the water-saturation in the soil can all affect how much water begins to pool and collect in your basement. To combat this problem, you need a sump pump to help remove the unwanted water.
- Demolition hammer
- A sump basin that can hold ten to fifteen gallons
- Filtration cloth
- Stone paver
- Sump pump
- PVC pipe
- PVC glue
- Power drill and hole cutter attachments
- Sealant caulk
- Cement mix and mixer
How to Succeed
Use the following guide to help with installing a sump pump:
- First, make an appointment with a Roto-Rooter technician to pinpoint exactly where the water is collecting underneath the basement floor.
- Second, use the demolition hammer to make a nice hole that reveals the collecting water.
- Third, take time to prep the sump basin by cutting a hole on the bottom and covering it with the filtration cloth. The hole will make it easier for the water to fill it up and the filtration cloth will help keep out debris.
- Now, place the basin into the hole in the basements floor and begin filling it with gravel until there is about an inch blanketing the bottom.
- Place the stone paver on the bottom.
- Put the sump pump on top of the paver and make sure that it is in place and steady.
- Locate the check valve and attach the drainage PVC pipe to it. Run the pipe up the wall.
- After putting up the drainage pipe with sealant caulk, use the cement mix to fill in the gaps between the basin and the hole in the ground.
Finally, turn on the sump pump and test out how well it works. It should start pulling out all the excess water quickly and easily. Say goodbye to future flooding and water damage for good