Title:
Combination water and radon gas evacuation system
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A combination sub basement flooring water and radon gas evacuation system consisting of a plurality of semi-cylindrically shaped porous channeling components affixed to one another and in turn to a modified sump pump unit characterized by the presence of holes tapped into front, back and lateral sides thereof and a larger hole in the topside thereof for receipt of upwardly jutting piping connected to a vacuum pump to which other piping is connected leading upwardly and out of the home or building containing the system.



Inventors:
Aubut, David K. (Williamstown, VT, US)
Application Number:
11/267372
Publication Date:
05/10/2007
Filing Date:
11/07/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E02D19/00
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Primary Examiner:
FONSECA, JESSIE T
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
John J. Welch, Jr., Esq. (John J. Welch, Ltd. 8 E. Center Street, Rutland, VT, 05701, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A Combination Water and Radon Gas Evacuation System, comprising: a. a plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components located below a level of basement flooring near all walling as is located below said level of basement flooring; b. an electrically driven modified sump pump unit held within an enclave below said level of basement flooring; c. first means for affixing one of said plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components to said sump pump unit; d. second means for affixing each one of said plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components at each end thereof to another one of said plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components; e. a plurality of through holes tapped into lateral, anterior and posterior sides of said sump pump unit; f. a topside through hole cut into a topside of said sump pump unit; g. a first elongated piping component affixed at a lowermost end thereof to said topside through hole; h. an electrically driven vacuum pump unit; i. a first through hole in a bottom side of said vacuum pump unit for receipt of an uppermost end of said first elongated piping component; j. a second elongated piping component, and; k. a second through hole in a top side of said vacuum pump unit for receipt of a lowermost end of said second elongated piping component.

2. A Combination Water and Radon Gas Evacuation System, comprising: a. a plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components located below a level of basement flooring near all walling as is located below said level of basement flooring; b. an electrically driven modified sump pump unit held within an enclave below said level of basement flooring; c. first means for affixing one of said plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components to said sump pump unit; d. second means for affixing each one of said plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components at each end thereof to another one of said plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components; e. a plurality of through holes tapped into lateral, anterior and posterior sides of said sump pump unit; f. a topside through hole cut into a topside of said sump pump unit; g. a first elongated piping component affixed at a lowermost end thereof to said topside through hole; h. an electrically driven vacuum pump unit; i. a first through hole in a bottom side of said vacuum pump unit for receipt of an uppermost end of said first elongated piping component; j. a second elongated piping component; k. a second through hole in a top side of said vacuum pump unit for receipt of a lowermost end of said second elongated piping component; l. a plurality of cove plate units; m. each one of said plurality of cove plate units resting against said all of said walling; n. third means for affixing said each one of said plurality of cove plate units at each end thereof to another one of said cove plate units, and; o. fourth means for affixing one of said plurality of cove plate units to one of said plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channel components.

3. A Combination Water and Radon Gas Evacuation System, comprising: a. a plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components located below a level of basement flooring near all walling as is located below said level of basement flooring; b. an electrically driven modified sump pump unit held within an enclave below said level of basement flooring; c. first means for affixing one of said plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components to said sump pump unit; d. a plurality of through holes tapped into lateral, anterior and posterior sides of said sump pump unit; e. a topside through hole cut into a topside of said sump pump unit; f. a first elongated piping component affixed at a lowermost end thereof to said topside through hole; g. an electrically driven vacuum pump unit; h. a first through hole in a bottom side of said vacuum pump unit for receipt of an uppermost end of said first elongated piping component; i. a second elongated piping component, and; j. a second through hole in a top side of said vacuum pump unit for receipt of a lowermost end of said second elongated piping component.

4. A Combination Water and Radon Gas Evacuation System, comprising: a. a plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components located below a level of basement flooring near all walling as is located below said level of basement flooring; b. an electrically driven modified sump pump unit held within an enclave below said level of basement flooring; c. first means for affixing one of said plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components to said sump pump unit; d. second means for affixing each one of said plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components at each end thereof to another one of said plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components; e. a plurality of through holes tapped into lateral, anterior and posterior sides of said sump pump unit; f. a topside through hole cut into a topside of said sump pump unit; g. a first elongated piping component affixed at a lowermost end thereof to said topside through hole; h. an electrically driven vacuum pump unit; i. a first through hole in a bottom side of said vacuum pump unit for receipt of an uppermost end of said first elongated piping component; j. a second elongated piping component; k. a second through hole in a top side of said vacuum pump for receipt of a lowermost end of said second elongated piping component; l. a plurality of cove plate units; m. said each one of said plurality of cove plate units resting against said all of said walling with each of both ends of said each one of said plurality of cove plate units touching one of said ends of one other, and; n. fourth means for affixing one of said plurality of cove plate units to one of said plurality of porous semi-cyclindrically shaped channel components.

5. A Combination Water and Radon Gas Evacuation System, comprising: a. a plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components located below a level of basement flooring near all walling as is located below said level of basement flooring; b. an electrically driven modified sump pump unit held within an enclave below said level of basement flooring; c. first means for affixing one of said plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components to said sump pump unit; d. a plurality of through holes tapped into lateral, anterior and posterior sides of said sump pump unit; e. a topside through hole cut into a topside of said sump pump unit; f. a first elongated piping component affixed at a lowermost end thereof to said topside through hole; g. an electrically driven vacuum pump unit; h. a first through hole in a bottom side of said vacuum pump unit for receipt of an uppermost end of said first elongated piping component; i. a second elongated piping component; j. a second through hole in a top side of said vacuum pump unit for receipt of a lowermost end of said second elongated piping component; k. a plurality of cove plate units; l. said each one of said plurality of cove plate units resting against said all of said walling with each of both ends of said each one of said plurality of cove plate units touching one of said ends of one other, and; m. fourth means for affixing one of said plurality of cove plate units to one of said plurality of porous semi-cyclindrically shaped channel components.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCES TO PRIOR OR PARENT APPLICATIONS

There are no prior or parent applications to which the instant invention relates.

FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

There is no federally sponsored research and development to which the instant invention relates.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The invention relates to that grouping of devices serving to remove home basement water and radon gas from the home.

2. Related Art

The Art Informational Statement filed contemporaneously herewith relates to art that however does not anticipate the instant invention.

A SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

1. A Brief Description of the Invention

The instant invention consists initially of an electrically driven modified sump pump unit placed within an enclave cut out below the topside planar area of concrete home basement flooring. The sump pump is modified initially by way of cutting therefrom the outwardly jutting side portions thereof and capping the holes left behind after having done so. The pump is further modified by way of tapping a plurality of small holes into the front, back and lateral sides of the pump. It is further modified by cutting a larger hole big enough to accommodate receipt of piping into the topside of the pump. Piping connected to the modified pump through this topside hole is further connected to a vacuum pump located well above the topside of such flooring. Yet more piping connected to the vacuum pump leads upwardly therefrom to an opening in the home to the exterior thereof. The pump is connected at one of its sides with first affixation means in turn connected to one of a plurality of conjoined semi-cylindrically shaped porous channeling components located in the sub flooring of the basement floor and circumscribed by crushed stone pieces. These channeling components are an integral feature of the invention, since, by virtue of the manner in which they are shaped, they are extremely sturdy and much more readily able to withstand weight bearing upon the flooring just above them than are other variants of the same. Perimeter water and radon gas are collected up from below the open bottoms of the channeling components and via porous apertures in sides thereof and then into the channeling units also connected at ends thereof by second affixation means after first passing through the crushed stone pieces. Such water and gas is then channeled via the channeling components into the enclave containing the modified sump pump unit. The water and gas then enter the modified sump pump unit via the tapped holes therein wherefrom the water is conventionally pumped away via piping leading therefrom to and then from the vacuum pump out of the home and the radon is, in turn, also pumped away and out of the home. Optional cove plate units, one of which is connected by third affixation means to a channeling component, are positioned against sub basement floor walling and connected to one another by fourth affixation means to also collect water from above allowing it to also seep into the channeling components.

2. Objects of the Invention

The instant invention serves the objective of bringing about a ready, safe and highly efficacious dispersal of both basement sub floor waters and potentially deadly radon gas such as would have thereat collected within the basement area of a person's home. The semi-cylindrically shaped porous channeling components of the invention are characterized by the presence of numerous relatively large porous apertures within each to allow for the ready collection per unit time of relatively larger amounts of water and radon gas from both about and below such components moreso than would be the cases with other variants of such units. Moreover, the semi-cylindrical shape of the channeling components enables them to easily accommodate an objective of easily undergoing a goodly amount of weight bearing from above notwithstanding the relatively large size of the apertures therein.

A DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a top plan view of the instant invention installed below the level of to-be lain basement flooring.

FIG. 2 is an isolated top plan view of a modified sump pump unit and channeling components leading thereto.

FIG. 3 is an isolated perspective view of the modified sump pump unit and channeling components leading thereto.

FIG. 4 depicts in perspective view what is shown in FIG. 3 but within the depicted presence of basement flooring and walling.

FIG. 5 depicts in perspective view the modified sump pump unit connected to a channeling component in turn connected to a cove plate unit of the instant invention.

FIG. 6 is a frontal plan view of the modified sump pump unit of the instant invention.

FIG. 7a is an isolated on end plan view of a channeling component of the instant invention.

FIG. 7bis an isolated lateral plan view of a channeling component of the instant invention.

FIG. 8ais an isolated on end plan view of one of the cove plate units of the instant invention.

FIG. 8bis an isolated lateral plan view of one of the cove plate units of the instant invention.

A DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

The instant invention is depicted in top plan view in FIG. 1. There is therein shown an electrically driven modified sump pump unit 2 resting within an enclave F located below basement flooring C as more particularly depicted in FIG. 3. Circumscribing the perimeter of a basement below such flooring C and resting on basement wall footings B are a plurality of porous semi-cylindrically shaped channeling components 1 that as can be seen with resort to FIGS. 1, 2, 7a and 7b are connected near each end of each to near an end of another by way of second affixation means 4. First affixation means 3 serve to connect one of the channeling components 1 to electrically driven modified sump pump unit 2 as shown in FIGS. 1 and 5. Water and radon gas invariably are found leaching into the basement portions of many buildings and homes. The instant system is meant to collect such water and radon gas and expel the same to the exteriors of such buildings and homes. The water and radon gas leach in from earth E and into, about and within crushed stone D located about enclave F and below flooring C. Such water and radon gas is passed into channeling component 1 from, about and within crushed stone D shown in FIG. 6. The water and gas are then drawn via the channeling components 1 into enclave F. A plurality of optional cove plate units 12; one of which is shown in each of isolated plan views, in FIGS. 8a and 8b; are affixed to the lowermost portion of basement walling A, as more particularly visualized in FIGS. 3 and 4. Cove plate units 12 serve to more efficaciously collect water breaking through and then trickling down upon the inner side of walling A to be collected within the upper lip tray portions of such units 12 which upper lip tray portion is shown as being the uppermost part of a unit 12 as seen in FIG. 8a. Such water so collected then wends it way down behind the units 12 and then through invariably extant minimal spacing as between the base of walling A and the edge facing of flooring C to then meet up with crushed stone D and flow inevitably, to the extent not then evaporated, to and then into channeling components 1. Third affixation means 13 serve to connect cove plate units 12 near each end of each to near an end of another as can be seen with resort to a viewing once again of FIG. 1. Fourth affixation means 14 for connecting a cove plate unit 12 to a channeling component 1 are shows in FIGS. 5 and 6. Water and radon gas entering enclave F ultimately enter modified sump pump unit 2 by way of through holes 5 tapped into the sides of modified sump pump unit 2. The outwardly jutting side portions of a sump pump are cut off with the holes left behind then being capped so as to then relatively minimize the size of an enclave F. Once water and radon gas will have been collected within modified sump pump unit 2, these substances are expelled to the exterior of a building or home structure. The water is expelled as water is conventionally expelled by way of any sump pump unit. The radon gas is expelled by way of its being sucked upwardly from within modified sump pump unit 2. A topside through hole 6 is to be found as seen in FIG. 1 in the topside of a modified sump pump unit 2. First elongated piping component 7 is affixed at a lowermost end thereof into topside through hole 6. The uppermost end of first elongated piping component 7 fits into a first through hole 9 in the bottomside of electrically driven vacuum pump unit 8 as can been seen in FIG. 4. The lowermost end of second elongated piping component 10 fits into a second through hole 11 in the topside of vacuum pump unit 8 as shown in FIG. 4. The uppermost end of piping component 10 is to be found outside the structure containing the system as can be perceived with resort to FIG. 4. The radon gas via suction emanating from within vacuum 8 is drawn into piping component 7, then pump 8 and ultimately out of such a structure via piping component 10. To the extent that cove plate units 12 are optional for use as elements of the invention, so too would be third affixation means 13 and fourth affixation means 14. Second affixation means 4 would also be optional to the extent that the channeling components would be positioned to near end at right angles to one another and in contact with one another resting as they would be atop footings B. In respect of the foregoing recitations, the system as hereof described and shown serves to collect a goodly amount more water and radon gas per unit time than do arguably similar systems by virtue of the unique design and configuration of channeling components 1 shown in isolated plan views in FIGS. 7a and 7b. Channeling components 1 are open at the bottom in addition to being porous. The combination of porousness at the sides thereof and open bottoms thereof greatly facilitate the rate of collection of water and radon gas found below flooring C. Moreover, the semicylindrical shape of channeling components 1 serves to greatly facilitate the weight bearing capacity of such components 1 located below the level of flooring C where not atypically, heavy items are often found stored upon flooring C and up against walling A.

In view of the foregoing recitations, respectfully submitted, the instant invention is not merely new, useful and unique but is indeed veritably revolutionary in respect of the art of collecting and dispersing water and radon gas initially found below basement flooring C in structures such as commercial buildings and homes.