How to determine if a sump pump will work in my basement.
October 25, 2007 5:59 PM Subscribe
Would a sump pump help?
posted by tom_g to Home & Garden (11 answers total)
The first couple of years I lived in my house, my basement was dry. The past 3 years, however, water makes its way into the basement once a year - early spring. The melting snow, combined with some ridiculous amount of rain, results in the water table rising higher than my basement floor. The water creeps in from everywhere. There is this creepy whistling/seeping sound, and it just starts pouring in.
When this happens, I spend 2 to 3 days in the basement with a utility pump and a wet vac. It never gets deeper than 2 inches - mostly because I will not wait to see if it would get deeper. The 2 to 3 days is physically and emotionally exhausting because I have to go down there to work on it every 45 minutes to hour to work on it.
Anyway, my question is: if I install a sump pump, will it keep water out of my basement? I can't imagine that a submerged little pump would have a chance against the ground water level, but who knows. Is this the type of scenario that would call for a sump pump?
If the above answer is "yes, stupid - get a damn pump", then I have a few more questions:
- Does the fact that a house has a sump pump negatively affect the value of a house?
- Since I don't have public sewer hookup, I'm assuming the only option is to run an ugly tube across my yard. How far from the house do these things need to be?
- Would it be stupid to attempt to install something like this myself (rent a jack hammer, etc)?