08:23PM | 06/20/01
Member Since: 06/20/01
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50 year old house with stone foundation. Heavy rains allow water to seep into basement. I am considering a sump pump. Any special considerations as to placement of the pump? Could landscaping around the foundation be designed to keep water away from the foundation? Any other options I may consider? Your advice will be of great help. Thanks


03:23AM | 06/21/01
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
Landscaping can do a lot to help keep water out of a basement. On the uphill side, add and slope dirt so water will flow a few feet away from the house. Use dirt that will compact some - clay not sand or mulch. Don't let the dirt or the mulch and plants growing in it touch the siding, only the block/concrete foundation. Make sure there is a continuous channel for the water to flow away from the house. It doesn't have to be a visible ditch, just a long, low swale.

The sump pump will need electric power and an outlet pipe. The pipe will go through the foundation above ground. The pipe needs to end a number of feet away from the house where the water won't be a problem - erosion, flooding, and looks. The sump itself should be as out of the way as possible - avoid the bottom of stair case, next to furnace, etc. Of course you need to tap into the gravel that should be under the slab.

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