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Sump Pump Basin

Kulbhushaan Raghuvanshi May 12, 2019
If you are facing a problem of water leaking and dampness in your basement, then this post might be a life saver as it provides some information about the sump pump basin, that might prove useful.
Sump pump basins have been popular since many years. It helps to keep your basement clean and dry, so you can make use of your entire basement and avoid the leaking problems that a basement of an average American home faces.
Sump pump basins pump out water from your basement whenever it accumulates. The key to a clean basement is to install the correct type of sump pump. Some basements might require small sump pump basins while some might require larger ones. It all depends on the level of water accumulated in your basement.

Installing a Sump Pump Basin

If you want to add a sump pump to your basement you need to have a sump pump basin that would be appropriate for your basement. Putting in a sump pump basin is a hard and laborious task.
● Select an appropriate location in your basement for your sump pump. Make sure you are not harming the underground water pipes and other utilities. Use a jackhammer at an appropriate spot.
● Make an outline for your sump pump basin on your basement floor. Turn over the basin upside down. Take the basin as a center and draw a square around it. The size of the square should be approximately 6 to 10 inches more than the top of the basin.
When you begin making a hole in the basement floor, make sure you are 8 inches away from any of the walls. It is always advised to make a hole in a floor with this distance from walls surrounding it for safety reasons.
● Begin boring your hole. With the help of a jackhammer, cut the lines you have made. Make sure you don't make the hole too large. Once you have the perimeter cut, begin breaking away in smaller bits until you have reached the concrete. Remove all the rubble so only dirt remains.
● Make a hole for the basin. Use a shovel to make a hole for your basin. Make your hole a little deep so that the basin fits in it. Leave a 1-inch gap between the basin and the hole so that the basin does not get flushed with dirt.
● Fill the area around the basin with gravel, until it reaches the top of the hole. The basin and the hole should be in level.
● With the help of a trowel smoothen the gravel area. Cover and smoothen the gravel area and remove the dirt around the basin.
● Remove chunks of rocks and roots as they can cause problems if stuck with the gravels. The upper part of the basin should be 1-inch higher than the basement floor.
● Make use of concrete over the smoothened dirt area. Spread the concrete evenly so that the basin and the basement floor are level. Make sure the floor is completely dry before installing the sump pump.

Sump Pump Basin Covers

Anyone who knows what basement flooding is knows the importance of sump pumps. They are very important if you want a dry basement and most of the American homes have these installed in their basements. Despite doing so much for their basement, they hardly take care of their sump pumps.
Sump pump basin covers are essential because if they are not there then dangerous debris and foreign objects can get stuck and damage your sump pump. These covers are available for all sump pump basin sizes.
They are available in two forms; perforated and solid. Solid sump pump covers are used to drain water with the help of a pipe. Perforated covers are used where water flows over the floor and then goes in to the well.
If you have a basement, then having a sump pump basin is an absolute necessity. Always install a sump pump and a cover to have a clean and dry basement floor.