When a basement or crawl space has unwanted water the solution is often to install a sump pump. This is a system using a sump pit, with a liner, combined with a sump pump and drain line to automatically remove the water and pump to out of the house. This is a very basic system which when installed properly is very reliable and very effective.
Pick out the best location for the sump pump. This should be where the water tends to gather or the lowest point in the basement or crawl space. If possible, it should be located in a corner or away from any area where people walk or work. This will help protect the pump from damage and protect the people from stepping into the sump pit and being injured.
Dig a pit to match the size sump pit liner you have purchased. Most pits will be a minimum of 24 inches across and 24 to 30 inches deep. Keep the sides smooth and the bottom of the pit level and free of any debris. Insert the pit liner in the pit and make certain it sits level and square. While keeping the liner level, pack …Read more