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, usable, and pleasant environment.
However, it’s important to remember that if you need a basement sump pump unit installed, you will need to have a qualified technician carry out the works to ensure the installation is undertaken correctly.
By using the Basement Sump and Pump Company you can be assured that your pump will not only be well-designed and made from the highest quality materials, but they will also be selected and engineered in a way to ensure your basement is kept dry.
Check out the cost for a sump pump to be installed down below.
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Diagnosing The Basement Water Problem
The first step in creating a dry basement is to identify where the water is coming from.
The cause of water in the basement might not always be structural in nature. Instead, floodwater could be the result of poor maintenance, or even external defects like blocked gutters, clogged drains, leaking roofs, and cracks in your below ground walls.
Establishing the cause of the flood water in a basement is a crucial first step, and it must be done prior to the installation of a sump pump. This might be easier to discover during periods of heavy rainfall, when water is most likely to be leaking through into the basement.
Installing the Sump Pump
Installing a sump pump is not a simple task. We recommend that it should be carried out by a professional to ensure that you avoid any mistakes that could potentially damage the pump, or compromise you basement.
Below are the steps our technicians take when installing a sump pump system:
Choosing the Right Sump Pump
The process begins with understanding the needs of the basement in question, and choosing a pump that meets the needs of the basement and its levels of floodwater.
For example, we could install a sump pump system that runs with only one primary pump. The pump itself would be installed below ground, with a float switch that triggers the pump to evacuate when the collected water within the pump reaches a certain level. Once the water is pumped out, the float switch will sink, and the pump will switch off.
This is all well and good, however, 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.
This can resolve plenty of headaches and nasty situations during the likes of heavy rainstorms, leaving your sump pump operational when you need it the most.
Sometimes though, that backup battery system might prove useful if leaking water manages to interfere with the pump systems electrics during day to day use. Either way, a battery back up system for your sump pump can help you avoid plenty of nasty situations.
It isn’t just us recommending a dual pump system either. The British Standard (BS8102:2022) recommends having a sump pump system with 2 pumps and a battery back up pump installed for smooth operation, and to avoid disaster.
Location of the Sump
The location of the sump will be determined by the engineer installing the sump pump system.
Ideally, the pump will be placed close to the wall of the basement allowing the sump pump to discharge any water to the proper drainage system with ease.
Digging the Sump
For the sump to be installed into the ground a member of our team will have to dig a chamber into the concrete floor. This is done with the use of an electric jackhammer.
Installing the Pump
Once the space for the pump to be installed has been prepared, then our engineer can set about installing it.
The pump, or pumps, will be placed within the sump liner and connected to a PVC solid exit pipe.
The pump may then be connected to a perimeter drainage channel if one is present, which will allow water being captured within the basement to be safely diverted into the pump rather than being left to flood. Otherwise, a number of holes can be drilled into the liner of the sump chamber so that water can easily flow into the pump.
Airtight Sump Pump lid
An airtight sump pump lid with rubber grommets will be added to combat bad odours and humidity rising out from inside of the sump.