Sump Pump 101: Installing Your Pump In Your Basement Or Crawl Space

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If you don't have a sump pump in your home, you may be wondering two things. Do you need a sump pump and how do you install it? Here are some signs that you might need a sump pump and some tips for your install if you do.

Who Needs a Sump Pump?

There are two places that people put sump pumps: the basement and the crawl space. If you have a basement or a crawl space that has never flooded, you're probably okay. If they have flooded in the past, it would be in your best interest to invest in a sump pump. If you just moved in, ask the previous owners if they ever had a flooding issue. Flat or low-lying areas often need sump pumps, especially if the soil traps a lot of water. Many houses in the Midwest and down in valleys need sump pumps because the water runs right under their home. Many homes in the Northwest need sump pumps, too. Although many homes aren't on flat and low-lying areas, the large quantities of rain can cause basement and crawl space flooding. If you're still unsure, you can call in an expert to check out your crawl space or basement and tell you if a sump pump is necessary or not.

Installing a Sump Pump in Your Basement

How you install your sump pump in your basement ultimately depends on if there has previously been one in the home. If there is no sump hole already in place, you are going to need to drill into the floor and dig out a sump hole. To do this, first choose the best location. You want it close to the outside wall so the PVC piping doesn't need to go far and near an outlet so the pump is easy to plug in. First, trace the outline of your sump pump so it is wide enough to fit. Use an electric jackhammer and drill along the circle that you traced on the floor. Continue to drill until you can remove all of the concrete. You want to dig the hole a foot deeper than the sump liner. Once you place the liner in the hole, put concrete mix around the top so it stays in place permanently. Once the concrete has dried, you can put the sump pump inside and place the lid on top. The lid has a hole for the PVC pipe to come out of. The pipe will lead outside and away from the house to a draining location.

Installing a Sump Pump in Your Crawl Space

Installing a sump pump in your crawl space is similar to installing one in your basement. If you crawl space is already full of water, you might want to reduce the amount of water that is already down there. You can do this by vacuuming it with a large shop vacuum and dumping it out away from your home. Once the amount of water is reduced enough to install your pump, you want to find a spot next to an outlet and close to the outside wall. If your crawl space has a soil floor, you will dig a hole in the soil large enough for your submersible pump to fit inside. If you don't have a wooden beam already in place above the hole, you will need to put one in place to screw your sump pump to it so it doesn't sit directly on the soil in the hole. Build your PVC piping to the pump and outside of your crawlspace into a drainage area away from your home.

It's important to have a sump pump if your home is susceptible to flooding in the crawl space or basement. Flooding can lead to serious, irreversible damage to your foundation. If you have any trouble installing the sump pump yourself, make sure you call a contractor for help. Contact a company like Jarrach Cesspools for more information.

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