Drainage Systems - Sump Pump - French Drain

A sump pump can help keep your basement or crawl space dry, eliminating excess moisture and groundwater from seeping into your home. Ensure your property is prepared for the worst by calling in CrawlSpace Work.

When we perform a sump pump installation in your Indianapolis area home, we’ll get the job done to your satisfaction. We can install any sump pump and also offer a time-tested, high-quality line of sump pumps to fit all your needs. We’ll dig the pit and install the sump pump, as well as install the discharge piping.

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How Sump Pumps Work

Sump pumps are typically located in the lowest portion of a home and are designed to prevent flooding after storms and heavy rainfall.

Pits beneath the structure collect water. If the water level reaches a certain point the sump pump automatically turns on and pumps the water out of the pit and away from the home’s foundation. How often your sump pump runs depends on the amount of moisture you have.

Sump pumps are also useful for removing moisture if it has already made its way into a basement. The sump pump does not work to keep leakage from entering through the walls of a basement, but instead to reduce ground water that may cause or worsen an already existing problem.
It is possible to install a sump pump on your own; however, it does require a great deal of work and the use of heavy machinery, like a jackhammer. For this reason, you may want to consider the opinion of a professional who has the necessary equipment at his or her disposal.

How French Drains Work

French drains provide an easy channel for water to flow through. Water runs into a gravel-filled trench, then into perforated pipe at the bottom of the trench.

Water travels freely through the pipe, which empties a safe distance from the house. The trench bottom should be sloped about 1 inch for every 8 feet in the direction you want water to flow. Depending on your situation, the water can be diverted to:

  • A low-lying area of your property
  • A drainage ditch
  • A dry well
  • The street