With what real estate costs these days, it’s no wonder we invest a lot of money into our homes. The mortgage and the upkeep alone can rack up to thousands of dollars every year. We put so much money into our home because it is the one place where we are truly at ease and relaxed. We constantly repair and upgrade it because it is not only a reflection on us but is a part of our family.
Living in rainy climates, you run the risk of flooding in your basement. This is a prevailing problem because not only does it run the risk of breeding mosquitoes, it can also erode your house’s foundation and ruin the home that sits above it. This problem is easily remedied, though. All you need is to install a sump pump.
Most modern homes have a sump pit and pump already installed in them, but in case you have to install it yourself, follow the steps below.
- Choose your pump. There are a lot of pumps you can choose from. Most models are made from plastic, cast iron, thin or thick metal housings. They also have different horsepower ratings, this you can choose depending on the amount of water that pools in your basement or cellar. Larger amounts call for more horsepower. You also have a choice between submersible pumps and pedestal pumps.
- Choose the basin. You’ll also need to choose a bucket or pail you may use as your sump pit. This also depends on the amount of water that pools in your basement. You can go between a 5 gallon bucket to one that has a diameter of 18 inches and is 22 inches deep. You’ll also need to get PVC pipes to create a disposal line leading outside your house.
- Create a sump pit. Unless your home already has a sump pit installed, you need to dig it out. This is where the water will pool in your basement so it’s advisable you dig at lowest point of your basement or cellar. The lowest point of the basement is where water will naturally run towards and pool so that you drain your basement of all water. When you’ve dug it out, just put in the basin you’ve bought and let gravity do the rest. It’s advisable that you seal it with concrete, which will make the draining of water much more effective.
- Put in the pump. Depending on the kind of pump you’ve bought (submersible or pedestal) you need to put it either down inside (submersible) or above the pit (pedestal.) You’ll also need to create the disposal line. Simply connect the pipe connector to the PVC pipes so they drain water away from your basement or cellar. Make doubly sure that you lay pipes in a location that won’t let the water pool back into your basement or cellar.
With a bit of effort and the steps above, you should be able to keep your basement or cellar free from water. This will save you thousands of dollars of manual labor and home maintenance.