Installing a drain system
If you figure out that you do need or want a sump there are a few things to consider. The very first is exactly
where is the lowest point within the crawl space and second where is the water going to once it simply leaves
the actual crawl space.
Most frequently the water that will get into the crawl space comes from bad drainage or a bad grade. If
you discharge the sump where the actual grade slopes back towards the house the water will come back again
If your issue is bad drainage then you may want to seek advice from with a local water company. If you are
considerate and stroke their vanity a little they will most likely give you some free guidance.
If you have a great deal of water you will need to bury drain perforated tubing on the inside of the
crawl space around the actual foundation walls. The typical question I get when it comes to installing drain
tile is "Do you downward slope the tile in the direction of the sump?" The answer is actually NO! Water finds
its own level. If the perforated tubing ends near the sump basin the water will drain into the sump.
When you set up the sump basin dig the pit about 8" wider than the basin and set the basin together with pea
stone around it. That will certainly keep the actual dirt away of the basin and save your pump motor from
burning up. The drain perforated tubing might need stone as well in the event that the dirt is sandy
or like dirt. The only additional note I want to help make is plan for putting a dedicated electric
outlet for the sump. If you tend to be handy and really feel comfortable doing this
then you will save some money, but if you do not know what a dedicated electric outlet is then you ought to
plan on phoning an electrician.
For detailed video instructions I would recommend that you go to the Crawl Space Repair
channel on YouTube"
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