What is a Sump Pump Installation Anyway?

What is a Sump Pump Installation Anyway?

If you do not know what a sump pump installation is then you probably do not need to worry about it. However, you may need it someday so it is not a bad idea to learn more about it right now. Granted, because basements aren’t as common in California as in other parts of the country, we don’t do as many of these installations here as are done in the Midwest and Northeast, but these installations are needed from time to time in these parts.

In essence, a sump pump is a water pump designed to pump water from a sump. In this case, a sump is something that is created in the basement or lower level of a home or building so that water that is beneath a home can be pumped out. The concept is to prevent the water from coming through the basement floor and causing flooding. There are numerous reasons why this situation may occur, but the important thing is to know that it can happen and if is happening to your home you will need to have a sump pump installed in the home to prevent flooding and damage.

The concept of the installation of a sump pump is really rather simple, but it is still a good idea to have a professional plumbing company install it because they have all of the tools  and know-how that is necessary to do the job right.

The first step to install a sump pump is to create a hole in the basement floor that is large enough to create a sump. This is done by marking the floor with the pipe that will be used for the sump and then using a concrete cutter to cut the concrete. Once that is done then a jack hammer is used to break the concrete up around the perimeter of the basement where the walls meet the floor. Gravel is added to the trench and perforated pipe is laid to create a French drain that feeds ground water into the sump pit.  

The pipes are laid so that water flows to the lowest corner of the basement where the sump pit is placed just deep to allow for the pipe to go into the hole and be flush or slightly lower than the level of the rest of the floor. The sump pump installation is completed when a submersible pump is placed inside the sump pit and plumbed to discharge the collected ground water away from the house and into the nearest storm drain.

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