Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
Most sump pumps are installed in homes where the foundation includes a basement. The sump pumps are built into the basement floor below ground so that all of the water that seeps into the basement goes into the sump pump and is directed (or pumped) back outdoors. If you have just a concrete slab foundation, then your sump pump installation is very different, and works differently too. Here are a few things you need to know about sump pumps and slab foundations.
Sump Pumps Are Still Underground, Just Not Under the House
While your house remains in a rural or very wet area of the country, it will still need a sump pump. The biggest difference with a slab foundation is that, instead of installing the sump pump under the slab of your house (where it cannot help you anyway), the sump pump is installed at ground level some distance away from the house. It is preferable that the sump pump's installation be downhill or at least at a low-lying spot on your property. This will help the French drains to empty into the sump pump, and the water to be pumped and emptied far from your slab foundation.
The French Drains and Your Slab Foundation
All around the base of your home's slab foundation your contractor will install French drains. These are long pipes that have open holes on top and closed pipe on the bottom. They are buried in the ground really close to your foundation. When it rains or snow melts, the water seeps down into the drains and is carried away to the sump pump some distance from your house. The drains empty into the pump and the pump pumps the water out and further away from your home.
The French drains could work entirely on their own, if they are allowed to empty safely into a drainage ditch or sewer. However, the addition of a sump pump may help pull the water collected in the drains downward, a feat which may be daunted during flooding season or excessive rain when you do not have a sump pump to help. The sump pump you have installed some distance from the house can be encased with a sort of lockable shed, if you are concerned about safety, but usually they are just covered holes in the ground that are rarely more than a few feet deep anyway. For more information on sump pumps, visit sites like http://www.rite-waywaterproofing.com.