Installing a Basement Sump Pump in your Basement
Having a sump pump installed in the basement of your property is a practical way of making sure that your basement remains a clean, dry living environment. If you are considering having a basement sump pump unit installed it is important to have a qualified technician carry out the works to ensure the installation is undertaken correctly.
By using the Basement Sump and Pump Co you can be assured that all of the sump pump units that we fit are well designed and engineered comprising of only the highest quality components which are key to keeping a basement dry. Check out the cost for a sump pump to be installed on the how do sump pumps work page.
Diagnosing The Basement Water Problem
The first step in creating a dry basement is to identify where the water is coming from. Water in the basement is not always due to problems within the basement but can be as a result of poor maintenance, or external defects such as blocked gutters, blocked drains, leaking roofs and cracks in walls.
Locating the source of the water must be done prior to the installation of a sump pump. This may prove to be easier during periods of heavy rainfall when water is most likely to make its way into the basement.
Installing the Sump Pump
The installation of a sump pump is not a simple procedure and we recommend that it should be carried out by a professional. Below are the steps our technicians take when installing a sump pump system:
Choosing the Right Sump Pump
You can buy and install a sump pump system with only 1 pump. The pump is installed and has a float switch that switches on when water reaches a high level. Once the water is pumped out the pump will switch off.
We recommend that all sump pump systems should include a secondary pump should the primary one fail.
We also recommend that a sump pump battery back up system is installed to provide pumping protection should the mains power fail.
Power cuts can sometimes occur during stormy weather or if water somehow damages the electrics.
Having a battery back up pump can provide extra peace of mind should this happen.
The British Standard (BS8102:2009) recommends having a sump pump system with 2 pumps and a battery back up pump is installed in basement situations.
Location of the Sump
The location of the sump will be considered by the technician. The sump will be placed ideally near to the wall of the basement allowing the sump pump unit to discharge any water to a drain off point with ease.
Digging the Sump
For the sump to be installed into the ground the technician must dig a chamber into the concrete floor. This is achieved through the use of an electric jackhammer.
Installing the Pump
Once the sump has been put in place, steps can be made for the pump, or pumps, to be installed by the technician.
The pump, or pumps, will be placed within the sump liner and connected to a PVC solid exit pipe.
A Perimeter drainage channel can also be installed to divert water to the sump pump or a number of holes will be drilled in the liner of the sump chamber to enable water to enter the sump to allow it to be pumped out to a safe drainage point.
Airtight Sump Pump lid
An airtight sump pump lid with rubber grommets will be added to reduce bad odours and humidity rising out from inside of the sump.