Sump Pit / Guides

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...sump pump and how does a sump pump work? A sump pump is installed in a sump pit, which is usually in an out of the way place in a basement, like the mechanical room. In the sump pit is a basin approximately 2 feet in diameter with holes on the sides. As the water table rises, water drains into the sump pit and is pum...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...Sump pump battery backup: Most newly build homes with basements have sump pumps, but they require power to operate. And, the most likely time you will lose power is during a heavy storm, the very time you will most need a sump pump. Battery backups aren’t very expensive, particularly when you consider the value they of...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...pit run gravel can be a more affordable option than crushed stone. 2) Ask your contractor to protect topsoil for future use. Excavated topsoil should be placed in a designated spot and protected from washing away with a waterproof covering such as a tarp. DRAINAGE under Slab on Grade Foundations: At the bottom ...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...sump pump at the lowest point. Even if you’ve never had flooding in the past, that does not mean you will never have it in the future. We’ve never heard anyone say they regretted installing a sump pump. Remove any sharp rocks and obvious obtrusions for a more even surface so that you won't tear the plastic as you wal...