How A Basement Sump Pump Works




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Ed Weldon: why not install a drain?

Dragon Steel: Now install a check valve so all the water in the pipe does not drain back through the pump back into your basin every time it turns off (notable the bubbles when you turned the pump off). 

Loesje Vervloet: Is the sumppump for rainwater from outside or for the bathroom?

watchyourtubenow2009: thank you for the information

askmediy: LOL thanks, Yea if you have lots of dirt and or really small rocks then yes you should at lest install a 5 gallon bucket with tons of small holes drilled all around. In this video there is no dirt, just lots of 3/4 stone that is way to big to get in the pump. Also in this house when the water starts coming in, it really comes in. So I didn't want to slow the flow down at all.

FlashGameReviews: Glad I live on a hill with a solid-clay foundation...

acie1972: Great video! Thanks Dominic

Mark O: Great video, Dominick !! I have springs around and beneath my house (basement and garage) to the point that my tools rust IN MY GARAGE !! I'm wondering if a sump pump will help....your thoughts??

tktodd: Great video! Explains everything in detail. Thanks!

askmediy: In very cold areas I don't use a check valve. This way the water in the pipe will not freeze. Been there done that.

Joseph WhiskeyFourseven: I notice that you don't have a one way check valve to prevent water from flowing back when the pump shuts off.

askmediy: no of course not. I have automatic switch on it.

ykltc: Mine's is set up so it has a check value so sewage water doesn't go back to sump in the event of flood. For us discharging to street was not a practical option as water will freeze on our driveway and sidewalk during winter time.

jcc2150: very good and clear explanation! need more videos like this to understand the first time. thanks mr. d

Timothy Ouyang: Thank you for taking the time to inform the general public. Bless your heart

askmediy: @homesnakegabe Looks better yes, but as long as you don't have a loose dirt or sand and have a lot of flow then yes a liner is nice to have. The one shown in the video has a ton of flow when the water table gets to high.

askmediy: Footer drains don't always work as good as they should. Even having a blocked drain, poor sealing of a foundation would cause water to come in your basement. If you are having issues I would install a pump. If not then no. Remember you're are making a big hole in your foundation.

askmediy: Well thank you..

Josh Magnitzky: i noticed that too...

askmediy: I don't like those sump pits. If the ground is very sandy then a basin is a good idea. However they can limit the amount of water entry, they just cant deliver 2500 GPH.

ykltc: Do you have the discharge water connected to the sewage pipe or is it going to the outside the house.?

Chamininable: Thanks.

askmediy: BIG rocks can help if needed, again it depends on the ground type your dealing with. CODE, what code for what state are you talking about. Sump pits in a basement don't hold code to where this pump is installed. The whole idea is for the DIY'ers. Easy so be it. The whole idea of this video as I stated to show how and why it works, not how to install a pump or a pit. That video will come soon.. Thanks for you input..

djohns111111: gordon - you are correct - i have a black irrigation tube - 4" - running from my pvc pipe where it exits the house, around to the front of my house and down my drive way.

vaguy78: Do you recommend sump pump generators as a worthwhile investment?

Masood Wahab: Great video Dominic, thanks for giving us the 1-2.

Gordon Thyne: Very informative. Where does the water drain? If it goes back into the yard isn't it just a vicious cycly? Does the drain pipe have to extend out to the street? Thanks

askmediy: More plastic and they just don't last as long. I mean unless you spend the big bucks and hope you get one with nicely sealed bearings.

osityan: a dirty but clean hole... you know.

SilentServiceCode: Also the reason at 1:58 the water fills up so bad is because there's no check valve in the line, lol

askmediy: Thank you

bmw5233: Hi Dominick, Had a lot of rain lately, and the water reservoir in my basement is as high as I have ever seen it. I'm in a new house, first time home owner, and not handy at all. How can I tell if the pump is turned on? It's not making noise, that I can tell. Nor do I see any flow within the reservoir. However, when I flipped the sump circuit, I heard some water flow change...from where, I'm not exactly sure. Do sumps run full time?

askmediy: No, this one is and should always be a automatic one. The one in this video is mine and has been going on and off all weekend now, lots and lots of rain.

askmediy: High end and this one was about 300.

Rusty Schill: Great Video,

askmediy: @jcc2150 Thank you very much

froxy719: Where does the water go?

Mytechtime: Where is the check valve? Every time the pump shuts off, all the water in the pipe would flow back into the sump pit without one.

askmediy: Sure thing, always my pleasure.

mshoa: Hi Dominic, I don't understand how water could get there, isn't that suppose to go to the drian pipe around the foundation. I do not have a sump pump and I live @ west coast and it rains a lot, do you recommend to install one in my basement? Thank you Thanks

metalicmario: I actually understood the "dirty but clean hole" thing.

iquit4gud: My basement just got flooded. The sump pump is always set to 'off' but it always automatically pumps out the water when it rains (that is what a handyman told me.) This time it didn't happen, and I had to manually turn it on. When I do, I hear the noise of the pump. What I want to know, is how come I never hear the noise of the pump when it's pumping automatically? And does it really make sense that it's set to "off" yet it comes on when it needs to? Anyone?

ngraves1002: looks to me like a bit of back flow when you turned the pump off. esspecially with what looks about 8-10 ft of pipe above it. i didnt see one but i would put a check valve in there to prevent any backflow to limit cycling when on automatic.

Chris Ratnasingham: Great video...thanks for taking the time to make it. I finally understand what a sump pump is.

Xxschecter51xX: eat sump grump dominick

SilentServiceCode: The one in the video is a Wayne/RIDGID 1/2 or 1/3 HP. Mine lasted about 2 months before becoming impossibly noisy. I now use a Hydromatic (Pentair) 1/3 HP V-A1 (which uses the ever popular SJE Verticalmaster piggyback switch) and combined with a brass spring-loaded check valve you won't know it's running.

Busywave: Can a sump pump be installed in any basement, or is one really needed in every basement? All I have in my basement is a drain, but after a very hard rain I get a few puddles of water here and there. I haven't lived in it long, but I noticed that on one side of the house the grade is pitched toward the foundation. Do you think the water is leaking in on that side causing the puddles? Thanks for the video. Mark

Jon Sands: a bit of a delayed response here, but almost all sump umps systems, especially in areas like you mention, come with a battery backup. That way in the loss of power, the sump pump continues running on batteries for a number of hours until the power returns. Hope that helps!

Bharat Oza: Thanks for detail understanding of Sump Pump, Bless You!!

christschool: Did you ever appear on the Sopranos?
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