Sump Pumps

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    Adding a new Sump Pump to your home is not an easy job.

    Cutting through the floor is the most dificult part but you will also need to drill a hole in the side of your foundation or Rim joist to run the exit pipe through.

    You will need to rent a gasoline powered concrete saw or hire a contractor to cut the floor. For this reason this is not a job for the home owner but if you feel you can do it get ready for a mess.

    Most general duty sumps run on 110v from a dedicated outlet and circuit.

    The pump is placed in a ABS tank that sits below the slab in your basement. The plastic tank also has holes on the side for Pipes that remove water under the Slab and around your foundation.

    Once the tank is installed in the slab you can secure the edges by using a concrete mix.

    A small amount of large stone gravel is placed in the bottom of the tank and then the sump is secured to a piece of PVC Pipe with a check valve and lowered into the tank.

    The pipe is runs to the top of the basement wall and exits the home.
    In this homes area there are no requirements to capture sump or rainwater. In some areas you may need to tie into a separate sewer system just for rainwater.

    Never connect your sump pump to your sewer line.
    Rainwater or Sump water can never be diverted into a sewer line doing so will overload the sewer plant when your area gets a big rain storm.

    Adding a check valve in the vertical line of pipe is a necessity to restrict back flow. Water will remain in the vertical line and without the check valve the motor will constantly run.

    Installing a sump pump in your existing basement may qualify you for lower insurance costs.

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