An Introduction to Sump Pump Pits

An Introduction to Sump Pump PitsWhen purchasing a new sump pump, the homeowner can find them at various prices starting at less than a couple of hundred dollars. Even the cheapest of sump pumps generally serve well for five years. The more bothersome and usually more expensive aspect of installing a new sump pump is the creation of the pit in which the pump is installed. The only good thing about having to make a pit for your sump pump is that it only needs to be done once.

Fortunate homeowners who have recently purchased a house built within the last twenty years will probably already have a basement equipped with an installed sump pump. For those who have to tackle the problem from scratch, there are some options. If you are comfortable and experienced with important home improvement projects, you may consider creating the pit and installing the pump yourself. Someone without experience or knowledge of creating a pump pit may not want to take this opportunity to be adventurous. It is very easy for a novice to cause irreparable harm to the house foundation with a seemingly small mistake. The process of creating the pump pit involves removing loads of broken concrete and displaced dirt, installing drain tiles and applying gravel. Not only is the work hard, it requires a surprising amount of precision.

Contracting an experienced professional in this field to build the pit is the most convenient and expedient choice although costly. Building the pit for the sump pump installation can cost around five thousand dollars or more. This can be especially taxing for a person who just recently purchased the home unless concessions were made to either have the seller cover the cost or it was offset by a lowered down payment.

If basement flooding appears to occur exclusively in a particular area of the basement, the installation of an isolated sump pump pit surrounded by gravel may alleviate the problem. The materials needed to complete this task include pipes, fittings, a sump pump, cement and gravel. The materials will cost around two hundred dollars, significantly cheaper than what would be required to redo the complete basement. A professional contractor can be paid to perform the job and it will probably cost less than $500.

Installing the isolated pit is much less risky than tackling the entire basement floor especially for the inexperienced novice. The entire endeavor, regardless of the type of pit installed, is a very serious project and if the homeowner is not confident in their skills or knowledge, it is a project best handled by a professional. The cost of labor is only within a few hundred dollars more than the materials and that investment can save thousands of dollars in potential damage.