A Quick Look At Installing A Sump Pump In Your Basement

Posted on: 2 December 2017

Installing a sump pump is one way to solve a problem with a wet basement. The pump rests in a basin that collects water and then pumps it up and out of the house through a pipe. Sump pump installation requires busting up concrete and drilling through the side of your house, so you may want to leave the job to a professional contractor. Here's a quick look at how a sump pump is put in your basement.

The Basin Is Placed In The Floor

The concrete is broken up in the area where the basin will be placed. The basin acts as a well that captures water that leaks into the basement or rises from the soil. It has to be lower than the floor so it can catch water. Once the basin is in place, the concrete is patched around it so there are no leaks and the pump doesn't look too messy. Next, the sump pump is placed inside the basin. As the water level rises, a float turns on the pump so the motor kicks on and pumps water up a drain and outside the house.

The Drain Is Connected

Plastic drainage pipe is attached to the sump pump and secured to the wall. The pipe passes through the wall at a point that is above the soil line. This requires drilling a hole in the wall and then patching the gap around the pipe so bugs can't get inside your home. The pipe passes to the exterior of your home and is positioned so the water drains away from your house. The pipe can be buried under the ground so it is out of sight and drains into the street.

An Interior French Drain May Be Needed

Depending on how and why your basement is getting wet, the contractor may need to install a French drain in the foundation. This entails busting up more concrete to form a trench along the wall. The trench holds a pipe that catches water as it seeps up from the ground. The pipe directs the water toward the sump pump basin so it can be removed from your basement.

Once the sump pump, basin, and drainage system are in place, it is out of sight. You'll be able to transform your dry basement into living or storage space without the waterproofing system detracting from the appearance of the room. Although it can be loud and messy to bust up concrete, the end result of having a dry basement makes it worthwhile. Your pump will remain on standby, ready to turn on when the water rises so the water goes outdoors rather than spilling onto your basement floor.