Keeping Rain Water Away From Your Home’s Foundation
How Does A Sump Pump Help My Home?
Older homes were built before sump pumps were commonly used to direct rain water away from the foundation drain. In homes built before the 1960s, the foundation drain connects directly to the sanitary sewer. The goal of Blueprint Columbus is to keep rain water out of the sanitary sewer system so it will no longer fill up beyond its capacity and overflow into rivers or back up into basements. A voluntary sump pump program is one of the strategies necessary to achieve this goal and will bring participating homes up to current building standards.
How the process works
Interested homeowners apply for the sump pump program and City staff will determine eligibility (see more about eligibility in the FAQ). Those eligible will enter into a written agreement with the City of Columbus authorizing the installation of a sump pump.
Install pit and pump
A hole measuring 2-3 feet deep and 2-3 feet wide is dug in the basement floor. The sump pit is installed in the hole and weighted down; the sump pump is then placed into the pit.
Direct water away from house
A PVC pipe is installed from the pump, through the basement wall, into a shallow trench leading to the discharge location (usually the street, but always at least 7 feet from the house).
Replace concrete around pit
The final step is to replace the concrete around the sump pit in the basement floor.