New Basement Drain installation
Every basement needs a drain to prevent potential flooding. Basements are prone to flooding because they lie underground. Standing water can cause extensive damage and this makes it necessary to install a drain. One of the most important things to consider before the installation is the drain’s location. You also need to have access to suitable tools to allow you to carry out the installation. Here are some of the steps you need to follow to install the drain.
- Plan Location
The first step is planning exactly where the drain will be located. It is better to place the drain in the lowest part of the basement because this is where most of the water tends to collect.
- Establish Equipment Position
Once you have identified an appropriate location for the drain, you need to think about any equipment that will be used in the basement. If there is a water heater in your basement, the drain should be installed close by.
- Find Plumbing Pipes
There should be some plumbing pipes installed in your basement. It is necessary to find them and establish how you will break into the lines.
- Drill Drain
Use a power drill and hollow drill hole cutter to make a hole on the location you identified for the basement drain. The hole cutter should be the right size to ensure you get an appropriate diameter to accommodate the pipes.
- Cut Floor
Once you have drilled a hole in your basement floor, you should be able to cut it using a circular saw while ensuring you do not cut through electrical pipes and cables. You need to cut out a trench along the basement floor to allow you to lay plumbing pipes.
- Connect to Sewer
After the trench is cut, you can now connect your basement drainpipes into your sewer pipes. For those who do not have sewer pipes, it is possible to install wells that are below the basement level but this can be a very expensive process.
- Examine Pipes
Examine the drainpipes carefully to ensure they are not leaking before you bury them in your basement floor. Pouring water down your drain to check for leak signs can do this.
- Bury Pipes
When you have verified that there are no leaks in your drainpipes, you can bury them in the ground. Cover the trench with some sand and then fill up the rest of it using concrete.
It is possible to complete the basement drain installation process on your own but if you find it difficult or do not have the right tools, contact a professional plumbing service. The installation will require you to cut through concrete and this can be both physically demanding and time consuming. A professional will also safety procedures are followed to prevent accidents. It is important to note that the drain needs to be well maintained after the installation to avoid water damage. Regular maintenance will keep the drain in good condition. You can also use a professional each time your drain needs maintenance.