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Old 01-30-2010, 04:44 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to install a sump pump in the part of my basement that floods after heavy rain. In the corner of the basement where the problem seems to originate, the end of the raised brick fireplace hearth is 40" from the load bearing wall, extending 22" from outer wall. I understand that I need to stay 10" away from wall. Does this also include the fireplace footing? I would like to "sandwich" the sump basin between end of hearth & LB wall, staying away from outer wall minimum 10". This house is about 40 years old, so I suspect that the basement floor may have been poured directly over the red clay,(here in western NC.) Any suggestions before I rent a jackhammer?

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Can you post some pics of this area?

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I had same problem...noticed my eavestrophes were spilling water the wrong way...replaced and problem solved.
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I would say yes you should stay 10 inches away from the fireplace footing. The fireplace and chimney are heavy and digging too close to it could also result in the earth collapsing underneath.

Suggest digging a trench along the exterior wall from the worst flooding point to the pit not as close to the fireplace. Dig no deeper than the bottom of the wall footing. Wrap a 3 or 4 inch perforated pipe in weed control cloth and lay it the trench (if there was not already such a pipe there) and connect it to the pit. Now the pit will perform equally well as a pit right in the worst area.
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Thanks, that's good advice- will look into running lines to pit.
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Posted pic on Monday morning- thanks.

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