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Posted on: July 31, 2019

Methods to Decrease the Amount of Clear Water Reaching Your Sump Pump…

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Methods to Decrease the Amount of Clear Water Reaching Your Sump Pump…

  • The installation of gutters and downspouts is an effective and easy means of water management if downspout extensions are in place and long enough to convey the water away from the foundation.
  • The average roof will shed a significant amount of water. A 1,500 square foot home with a double garage can collect and divert more than 25,000 gallons of water in a normal year. Without gutters and downspouts, all of this water lands at the perimeter of the house and, consequently, is collected and routed to the sump pump. The installation of gutters with extension downspouts may reduce your sump pump discharge.
  • If you have gutters installed, ensure they discharge at a point away from the home. A common mistake is to place downspouts where they discharge at the base of the foundation. By diverting the water away from the foundation you may be able to reduce or even eliminate the amount of time the sump pump runs in a day.
  • Route the sump pump discharge hose / piping as far away from your home’s foundation as possible.
  • Minimize the watering of shrubs and vegetation close to foundation walls. If watering is necessary, use drip irrigation rather than sprinklers that cast water over a vast area.
  • Trim heavy growths of shrubbery so that soil gets more sunlight and dries quicker.
  • Insure that the soil or landscaping around the perimeter of your entire home slopes away from the foundation. A good rule of thumb is if you can’t clearly see the slope with your eye it’s not sloped enough. Where a large area of land slopes toward the house, surface drainage should be intercepted and rerouted some distance from the house.
  • Compact the existing soil well in the area within 6 feet of the entire perimeter of your home before and during landscaping. Utilize clay soils on the top 4 inches of the ground, heavy plastic, or rubber sheeting in this area to reduce water from percolating down.
  • If installing landscaping edging, insure that it is not acting like a dam holding water inside the landscaped area. Cut or drill holes in the black plastic below the round top to allow water to drain. On all edging, leave gaps or a low point for water to drain out otherwise the plastic underneath the landscaping rock may actually funnel water to the foundation.
  • Window wells should be set above grade, have a watertight seal to the foundation, have some type of light transmitting cover, and easily removable if the window is an egress type.

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