Sump Pump Installation Resolves Basement Flooding Headaches

Sump Pump Installation Resolves Basement Flooding Headaches

Flooding basements don't make anybody happy. If you notice that your basement is repeatedly flooding, despite your repair and maintenance efforts to prevent them, perhaps you have overlooked something. While faulty plumbing is usually the culprit for large flooding messes, when the plumbing checks out, the location of the house is usually to blame. Many properties sit on topsoil that becomes saturated with water. As underground water levels rise and fall, you will notice flooding in your basement comes and goes.

To prevent further problems, use this Roto-Rooter sump pump installation guide to resolve the issue for good. But let us say in advance that this is a big job that really should only be undertaken by a professional, licensed plumber or basement waterproofing specialist. We don’t recommend that do-it-yourselfers try to tackle this on their own.

Materials Needed

  • Demolition hammer
  • Ten to fifteen-gallon sump basin
  • Filtration material
  • Gravel
  • Stone paver
  • Sump pump
  • PVC piping
  • PVC glue
  • Power drill and hole cutting attachments
  • Sealant caulk
  • Cement mix and mixer

Successfully Install Your Sump Pump

Follow this guide for proper sump pump installation to resolve future flooding problems:

  1. First, locate where the water is gathering underneath the concrete basement floor. Use the demolition hammer to break a hole in the floor to reveal the water.
  2. Second, take the sump basin and cut a large hole on the bottom of it so that the water has a large enough space to enter through. Cover that whole with filtration cloth.
  3. Third, place the basin into the hole in the floor and pour gravel all around the outside of the basin and pour a little bit of gravel into the bottom of it until there is about an inch evenly distributed on the bottom. Place the stone paver on the bottom as well.
  4. Grab the sump pump and carefully submerge it into the water where it will sit on the stone paver. Position it well so that it sits steady.
  5. After you find the check valve on top of the pump, attach the PVC drainage pipe to it. Run the pipe up the wall.
  6. Use the power drill to cut a hole just wide enough to push the drainpipe through. Then cut a one inch hole at four points around the basin about at the mid point. Ensure that the drainpipe is long enough to carry the water far away so that it doesn't have the opportunity to leak back into the basement space.
  7. Use the sealant caulk to seal up the hole of the drainpipe.
  8. Test the pump’s operation.
  9. Mix up the cement and use it to fill in the spaces surrounding the sump basin so that it is securely locked into place.

Again, this is a big job and you’ll be much better off if you hire an experienced basement waterproofing specialist to do it for you.

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