There are several incidents and reasons that may lead you to a sump pump installation. One of the biggest reasons is due to the current water removal system in your basement not working properly. This could be due to the sump pump not being powerful enough, or damage to the area that is causing water log and damage. If you are considering installing a new sump pump, there are some things about the basement drilling process you should consider, especially if you are doing this as a DIY project.
One of the first things to consider about installing or upgrading a sump pump in your basement is the damage to the concrete. For example, if you begin the basement drilling process and the concrete is already damaged you may find it breaking off further away from the area you are working on. This could lead to cracks and breaks throughout the basement that will allow water or humidity to find. This water and humidity can cause further breakdown of the basement flooring and costly repairs later down the road. Make sure the damaged concrete is examined to find the area where the damage stops so the damaged concrete can be drilled out, removed, and replaced.
If you are handling the basement drilling for the sump pump yourself, you need to make sure that the drilling depth is discussed and measured out. In some cases, you may not be able to control the depth of the basement drilling yourself. This could lead to issues with hitting underground wiring or causing cracks in the foundation as the drilling vibrations move through the ground. Make sure you contact your local city authorities to ensure there is no underground wiring or other issues that drilling could disturb. You can also go with a low profile sump pump that will help reduce the depth level needed for drilling.
In some cases, homeowners taking on the basement drilling and sump pump installation as a DIY project may not think about the drainage of the sump pump. Before you get started, you need to make sure that you have the proper drainage connected to the sump pump. Proper drainage will take the water the sump pump removes from the basement and move it through a series of plumbing and out of the home.
Keep in mind that you will want to evaluate the area before starting the project. This may seem like a step everyone would take, but you may think that because the sump pump already exists the drilling won't be an issue. The truth is, there may be more going on than you think and you could find yourself in over your head quickly. By keeping these considerations in mind, and doing an evaluation, you can decide if this should be a DIY project or if a professional is needed.