Sump Pump

Sump Hole 2

Nothing sexier than a sump pump. I had to ask the engineer for a little explanation on these photos that were popping into our shared photo stream because they didn’t make any sense to me. I guess there’s a little more to a sump than digging a hole and putting in a pump with a drain.

I guess the first part does include digging a hole, but then it gets crazy. You dig a hole, then put this huge sump basin in. The basin has holes about 1/3 way up for water to enter the basin to get pumped out.

Sump Basin

Sump Hole

Big Ass Nails

So what’s up with these huge nails? To nail the whole dang thing into the earth!

When water fills under the sump basin it can lift the whole thing up. Most sump diggers just drill holes in the bottom of the sump basin so water can’t collect under. But then you’re always and forever pumping normal ground water instead of the extra stuff.

Driving the nails

So you nail four big ass nails into the side of the basin and into the nasty clay.

Finished Sump

Put a lid on the thing.

Temporary Drain

And run the temporary drain out to the road. I’m sure the neighbors are thrilled.

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