Sump Pump Installation – A Basic Guide

Heavy rains may seem like a dream come true for basement waterproofing contractors who are eager to grow. Yet veterans of this lucrative service industry say that the opportunity can soon turn into a nightmare if the crisis isn’t properly managed. Or the short-term financial gains may quickly evaporate if contractors have not used the storm to also solidify the foundation for long-term success: excellent work habits, which invariably lead to a first-rate reputation.

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Your discharge line can also be a problem. Make sure that your sump pump installation isn’t pushing more water into the discharge pipe than it can hold and that your discharge pipe doesn’t freeze in the winter, causing the sump pump to back up. As a final precaution, you’ll need to be sure that you’re not discharging the water straight into the next yard, or you’ll have them to deal with angry neighbors as well!

Our local inspector was happy with the details and water proofing. I used a compression fitting at the bottom of each conduit run and sealed it with silicone as well to prevent critters from finding their way into the junction boxes.

A 12 gage wire was run for the pump and a 14 gage wire for the alarm. The wire used was rated for direct burial so conduit was not needed. I did run conduit for extra protection from the box down to the bottom of the 24 inch deep trench at each end of the wire. I used the same 14 gage direct burial wire to extend the float wiring from the alarm unit to the field.

A sump pump is a pump installed in a sump basin to remove the water that collects. With the power of the pump, the water is escorted away from your home and also away from the sewage drains. This not only helps to keep your home from being inundated by too much water, but it keeps the sewer system from getting an influx of extra water that it can’t handle. The bottom line is, a pump is vital to keeping your basement nice and dry.

As a rule, Murrell’s Waterproofing treats the specific problem because it saves time. For example, initially installing a pump to remove water resulting from a rising water table or a damaged brick wall may be all that is needed. A simple remedy allows Murrell staff to move on to the next homeowner. If the pump installation turns out not to be a long-term solution, Murrell returns for a more extensive repair – hopefully after the regional crisis has waned.

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