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Posted by Dave in Illinois on July 6th, 1999 05:54 PM
In reply to Basement Sump Pump by Andrew Cornell on July 6th, 1999 04:12 PM [Go to top of thread]

to Andrew Cronell:
I had the exact same problem with part of my basement.
What I did was dug a trench around the walls of the
basement about 12 inches deep and 12 inches wide.
Lined it with a filter fabric, put roughly 3 inches
of 1 inch gravel in the bottom of the trench, placed
a four inch corrigated drain tile along the entire
length of the trench and filled it the rest of the
way with the gravel. I ran the drain tile into a
sump pit that I placed in a corner. Installed a pump
and ran a pvc discharge line outside the wooden
frame of a basement window. I have not had a drop
of water come through the floor since I installed
this drain line.
As far as cost, Cheap, if you do it yourself.
I did mine for about $150. The drain tile comes in
10' lengths and I think I paid about 3or4 bucks a
lenght. The sump pit liner was $12. 11/2 tons of
1 inch gravel was $40 delivered. sump pump and hardware
ran about $80. However this was very labor intense
for me, working in by spare time it took me about
2 months. I worked during the winter months. I was
affraid that if I did this during the summer months
and it rained, I could run into a real mess if these
trenches started filling with water before I had
the gravel and drain tiles in place.
I can't say this is the best solution to your problem
because I am sure every house is different.
Before I did this I consulted a contractor and
was told that this would work for my situation.
As far as how thick is the concrete. I do not
know, I have a similar question out there.
P.S. A good home Improvement book might give
you some ideas. Good luck.

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