03:31AM | 03/09/02
Member Since: 11/28/01
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Yes,I was wondering how hard it would be if I had to cut a 2 inch hole through the footer.I have a sump pump and I have no drain tile on the outside of the foundation walls they are all on the inside.So everytime it rains all the water come under the basement into the sump pump.I had an idea of running a pipe from the sump pump away from the house but to get low enough I think i'll need to make a hole through the footer.I think I have enough fall.Just wondering if this was a stupid idea????? Thanks Russieb


11:13AM | 03/09/02
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
You would be better off to go thru the foundation wall or under the footing instead of drilling thru the footing.


11:35AM | 03/10/02
Member Since: 11/28/01
9 lifetime posts
I would go through the wall but I don't know if it is low enough so that the water would drain or not!!!! How deep are footers? A foot deep or is that the thickness?? But if drilling through the footer was my only choice would it be that difficult of a job?Thanks once again, Russieb


01:42PM | 03/10/02
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
Footers are another term for footings. Footing size will differ depending on the size of your home and soil type.

Single story on crawl space, on glacial till is 6" thick by 12" wide, 2 story is 8" by 16". Change that to sand or valley soil and they get wider.

Your sump pump should be rated for a certian amount of lift, so your hole dosent have to be below it


01:42PM | 03/14/02
It is never a good idea to drill or cut a hole 2" in diameter through a footer. It will make a weak spot in the footer that may lead to a crack in the foundation wall. Go on top of the footer if at all possible. If this will give you enough fall you could dig down beside the footer on both sides and use a sledge hammer to pound a piece of 2" galvanized steel pipe under the footing. Clean out the dirt that gets into the pipe and cover the end that faces into the basement with hardware cloth. Then fill in over the hardware cloth with a clean washed stone #57 or #67 up to floor grade. This will allow the water to filter down to the pipe and drain out. Do not try to dig under the footer as this may also cause a weak place under the footer that could lead to a crack.


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