Our house is 5 years old and we are getting the basement finished.
There is a French drain allong all the walls and I painted the walls
and floor with dry lock. There is a pit in one corner next to the hot
water heater that is about 3 foot by 3 foot in case the water heater
explodes and I was thinking about putting in a sump pump myself.
Since there is already a cut-out in the floor, how hard would it be?
My biggest question is how to drill a hole through the exterior and
exactly how to go about picking the correct point. We never had a
water problem in the basement even after all the snow and immediate
rain this past winter in the Northeast (PA). At that time my backyard
was flooded pretty good and all around the back foundation was muddy.
I sank about a foot when I went out to shovel the snow away from the
house (our neighbors had water cascading into their basement and it
ruined their drywall). but only two cinder blocks about halfway up the
wall were slightly damp. Am I worrying over nothing, especially since
I passed this "test"? We got through Hurricane Floyd back in '99 with
no trouble either.
One more thing- whcih is better? A submersible or pedestal pump?
Thanks a million!