Is it normal to have a sump pump in crawl space areas?

People ask this question frequently. Actually, you can place a sump pump nearly anywhere water accumulates – and that includes in your crawl spaces. In this blog, we are going to answer some questions about have a sump pump in crawl space areas.

Frequently Asked Questions about a Sump Pump in Crawl Space Areas

Perhaps you’ve wondered about these questions:

  1. Why do you need a sump pump in the crawl space?
    If you frequently deal with moisture in your crawl space, then a sump pump just might be the right solution.
  2. Can you install a sump pump in a dirt crawl space?
  3. Exactly where do you put the sump pump?
    The pump should be installed at the low spot in the crawl space. It requires digging a hole that is about two feet deep and at two-three feet wide. (This can vary) This hole will contain the sump basin that keeps the sump out of the mud and collects the water from the ground.
  4. How much does a crawl space sump pump cost?
    As of this writing,  (Feb. 2022) you can buy a pretty good sump pump on Amazon for $325. But that’s not all you need to buy if you are going to do it yourself. You also need to run electricity to the pump. It’s not really a DIY type of project.

What’s Included in a Professional Installation

If you need a sump pump, call the professionals at The Clean Air Co. They will install the right pump for your problem. This is usually a 1/3 or 1/2 hp pump with a 15- or 25-gallon basin. The installation includes a power outlet to provide electricity to the pump and additional drainage to get the water that is evacuated away from the house.

Sump Pump Alternatives

Some possible alternatives include French drains, ground grading, and gutters to improve drainage away from the home. Some or all of these methods may be needed if you have a lot of water accumulating in the crawl space. But if you have any kind of problem with your crawl space, you should call the Professionals at The Clean Air Company. They can suggest the best solution. For example, you may need just the sump pump. Or you may need the sump pump plus a vapor barrier installation.