1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

February 20, 2008

:051 Sump Pumps

Filed under: :051 Sump Pumps — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am
rh1400-install-150px.jpg credit: RadonSeal

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:051 Tip: It is always best for crawlspaces to drain to daylight. When this isn’t possible a sump pump may be necessary.


Additional Information

The RadonSeal company has a sump pump with battery back-up that sits above the water. If the power fails the pump operates on the battery back-up to help keep the substructure dry. Check them out at:



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  1. Zoeller Company also makes battery back-up pumps:

    The also have a pump that uses the house’s water system pressure if power fails. No battery required:

    Comment by bob — June 21, 2008 @ 11:49 am

  2. To clarify: Running to daylight is running the discharge line to a point in the land where it will physically come in contact with the surface and the water will “see daylight.”

    This is typically the best idea for anything if your landscaping allows for it. However this isn’t always the case and forcing your line to meet the standards can be dangerous for the line over the longterm. Keep your line pitched in a downward angle away from your home. This is your best chance at keeping that line from freezing.

    At this end of this you can install drywells or “run it to daylight” if it permits.

    Comment by Waterproofing guy — December 29, 2008 @ 1:33 pm

    • Jacob
      Thanks for the clarifications – you are absolutely correct that the line pitch is very important. I’ve checked out your blog at diyguyct.blogspot.com – you’ve got a lot of excellent advice regarding basements! I’m adding it to my blogroll.

      John Banta

      Comment by John Banta — December 30, 2008 @ 3:36 am

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