How to Waterproof a Basement

Install a sump pump as part of your basement waterproofing system

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Tape measure
  • Bucket
  • Cold chisel
  • Chalk line
  • Extension cord
  • Dust mask
  • Hacksaw
  • Hammer drill
  • Knockdown knife
  • Knee pads
  • Jigsaw
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Safety glasses
  • Spade
  • Shop vacuum
  • Trowel

You'll also need a hand float, hand trowel, jackhammer, masonry drill bits, shovel and a window fan.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 4-in.-diameter Schedule 10 perforated pipe
  • 30- to 36-inch-deep sump pump basin
  • Concrete mix
  • Duct tape
  • Irrigation hose
  • Irrigation pipe
  • Masking tape
  • River rock
  • Sheet plastic
  • Sump pump