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Sump Pump Installation

Proper installation is just as important as choosing the right system

If you have water problems in your basement or crawl space, you could be wasting valuable space in your home. Your wet basement or crawl space could also be causing other issues in your home that you might not have noticed, like mold or structural damage. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to put an end to flooding or wetness below the home is by installing a sump pump.

What is a sump pump and who can install one?

A sump pump keeps the basement dry by relieving water pressure. Drain pipe installed inside the basement along the edge of the floor collects water and carries it to a sump pit. The sump pump comes on automatically when water in the sump pit reaches a certain level, pumping the water outside the house through a discharge line.

Plumbers, basement waterproofing specialists (like Ohio Basement Systems contractors) and even DIYers can install sump pumps, although it takes specialized equipment and experience to install a complete sump pump system like the ones designed by Ohio Basement Systems. Choosing the best sump pump for your needs is just as important as making sure it is installed properly.

Sump Pump Installation Steps

If your basement doesn’t have a perimeter drain or sump pit, this is the typical process you can expect during the installation of your sump pump system. The installation method is similar for a crawl space.

        1. Jackhammer a perimeter drainage channel and sump pit. The best way to relieve the hydrostatic pressure that causes basement flooding is to “capture” ground water at the juncture where the foundation wall meets the concrete floor and transport this water to your sump pump. A drainage channel is installed around the edge of the basement floor. A sump pit is then installed below the basement floor level.
        2. Install drain pipe. The BasementGutter drainage system is typically installed. We also offer other drainage systems for different needs. Gravel is placed to surround the drain pipe as it’s placed in the drainage channel. The pipe is sloped downward slightly where it enters the sump pit to promote proper drainage. A durable plastic sump liner is installed in the pit.


Drain pipe

Sump pit with plastic liner

      1. Install the sump pump. Once the sump liner has been installed, the sump pump is placed inside the liner.
      2. Patch the floor. Mortar is used to cover the drain tile along the perimeter of the basement floor. The edge of the sump liner is patched as well.
      3. Power up. It’s best for the sump pump to have its own circuit. A GFCI-protected receptacle can be installed on the wall nearest the sump pump.
      4. Install the exterior drain line. A hole is drilled in the basement rim joist to allow for the plastic drain line to extend to the exterior. The drain line is connected to the sump pump’s outlet port. A check valve is installed on the drain line to prevent water from flowing back into the sump pump./li>

What you can expect with professional installation from Ohio Basement Systems

  • Contractors are handpicked and trained
  • Full line of sump pumps featuring the highest-quality components
  • Financing options available (check with local dealer)
  • Service of sump pumps installed by a Ohio Basement Systems dealer

Frequently Asked Questions About Sump Pump Installation

A sump pump can be a very useful tool for many homeowners. What should you know about the installation process of the sump pump?

Why Might I Need a Sump Pump in My Home? 

There are many reasons you might need to install a sump pump. Most commonly, you’ll need a sump pump if your home tends to have problems with flooding or other water concerns. Alternately, you might choose to install a sump pump if you’ve had a flood occur before and you’re trying to look out for the future.

Can an Improperly Installed Sump Pump Be Detrimental? 

Although you might just think of it as an annoyance, if you install a sump pump improperly, it can have a significant impact on your basement’s health. After all, an improperly installed sump pump may back up, sending water back into the basement, or it might not work at all, creating a slowly mounting moisture issue.

Why Can’t I Install My Own Sump Pump? 

You need specialized experience to install a sump pump. It can be possible for DIYers to install certain types of sump pumps, but a full sump pump system like the one Ohio Basement Systems uses needs training for proper installation. You can’t just install the sump pump system yourself and expect it to work properly.

Who Can Install My Sump Pump for Me? 

If you think you need a sump pump system, you’ll want to turn to the basement waterproofing experts at Ohio Basement Systems. These experts can make sure you have a well-functioning system in no time. Request a free quote today to learn more about your options.

Find your local sump pump installer

Contact Ohio Basement Systems today to schedule an in-home consultation with the sump pump contractor in your area. All Ohio Basement Systems sump pumps are installed exclusively by our authorized dealers.

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