We had quoted a contractor to install a sump for us, and it would have cost us $1500. So big shocker, after hearing that number, we decided to do the work ourselves. The materials ended up costing us a whopping $250. That’s $1250 in savings and I would say it was well worth tackling this project by ourselves – even if it was a dirty job.
Matt and a good friend Jeremy tackled the work from here on out. They first used a jack hammer and concrete saw to cut a hole in the basement concrete floor where the sump would go. Matt had to install a breaker just for these tools as they draw so much power. This is the lovely temporary power solution for 30A service.
Matt drilled holes in the sump well for water to seep through.
Side note: a different corner in our basement had horrible cracks, so we decided to rip out the concrete and lay new concrete while we were doing the sump. Yay for pretty, new, concrete and no cracks (seen in the left corner of the room)!
And this is the lovely pile of dirt we were left with...
Next we had to core-drill through the wall for the discharge piping for the pump to spit out the unwanted water.
At last, here is the completed, working, sump pump! #DIYwin