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CHEFJOHN

02:10AM | 12/15/02
Member Since: 12/14/02
1 lifetime posts
i have been getting in water in the basement.we decided to install a sump pump.we live on a hill and the back of our home faces up the hill ,when it rains hard water seeps through the floor where the wall meets the basement floor along the back of the house.i dug a hole down 2ft to install the pump.the hole was moist ,then that night it rained and the hole filled with water.the water level is slowly going down as i have a temporary housing for the sump pump(a five gal bucket).but it is working good.what is the proper way to install a sump pump basin,from putting abase underneath the basin to finishing off the top, to putting in a couple of holes near the bottom of the basin? any info would really help!
johno

raymondvinzant

09:19AM | 12/15/02
Member Since: 11/17/02
50 lifetime posts
John:
You want to dig the hole big enough that the basin will sit in there with about 4" of river rock around it and below it. If you are going to use the basin as a french drain, you have to have an area that will sift the dirt before it gets into the basin. In addition I would buy some filter cloth. We use it to sleeve the drain pipes we put into the ground. This prevents sand from filling up the sump basket. Install the cloth on the outside of the basin where you are going to put the holes. You can use Duct tape to hold it into place. Then pour in 4" of gravel below the basin and set the basin in place even with the surface of the concrete. Once you have it level, pour the pea gravel around the basin till you are 4" below the surface of the concrete. You will need to place some tar paper over the gravel to prevent the concrete from pouring down into the pea gravel. Then pour concrete around the basin to hold it in place. The only lid you need is one strong enough to support a person if they walk in the area. If no one is going to walk in the area a masonite cover will suffice. The pump can then be hooked up utilizing a check valve on the outlet line to prevent water from coming back after the pump shuts off. The line should be run out to the nearest area which flows away from the home, to prevent reintroduction to the affected area.
Good Luck
Raymond Vin Zant
Master Plumber

BV015963

10:23PM | 03/19/18
What kind of cloth is "filter cloth" that works for sump pits? I went to Home Depot and Lowes and no one has heard of it. A Google search for "sump pump filter cloth" yields nothing useful like what kind of cloth it is and where to buy it. Thank you!

BV015963

10:25PM | 03/19/18
What kind of cloth is "filter cloth" that works for sump pits? I went to Home Depot and Lowes and no one has heard of it. A Google search for "sump pump filter cloth" yields nothing useful like what kind of cloth it is and where to buy it. Thank you!

BV017033

01:58AM | 08/02/18
Install sump pumps all the time we’ve always used the grey landscaping fabric. Just wrap it around the basin duck tape to hold it then install in the ground. The gravel that you put around the basin will hold the fabric in place so later if duct tape fails it doesn’t matter because the rocks on the side hold the fabric tight to the basin. This is the best way. If you want watch a YouTube video of this old house installing a sump pump they use landscaping fabric in the video. Good luck


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