How To Install A Sump Pump

How To Install A Sump Pump.

Sump pump installation seems like a long, tedious process, however with the right information, this task can be achieved without any hiccups.

We decided to walk you through the process with this step by step guide. At the end of this guide, you should be well equipped with all the information you need to install your own sump pump. You will require some sump pump accessories to complete the installation. These include pvc pipes, fittings, adapters, check valve, increaser, etc.

Locate the water collection point.
Water typically collects at the lowest point in an area. Once you determine where your basement floor slopes towards, it is much easier to locate the water collection pint. This point needs to be near a plug, but if it isn’t, get an electrician to install one for you.

Dig a hole for the Sump
You need to dig a hole six inches deeper than the sump level and 10 inches wider than the sump. You then place three inches of gravel into the hole before placing the sump into the hole.

Fill with Gravel
While standing in the sump, pour more gravel around the sump leaving one or two inches at the top exposed. The gravel firmly holds the sump in the hole.

Prepare the sump pump
Attach the adapters. First glue the male adapter to a discharge pipe, then place the female adapter on the pump. Drill a ¼’ hole six inches above the pump. This hole is called a weep hole, it keeps the pump primed when it is turned off. The pump needs to remain primed else it will run when turned on but will not pump any water.

 Install a check valve
Install a sump pump check valve on the discharge pipe, ensure that the check valve is meant for vertical operation.

 Create a water channel
Using pressurized fittings and PVC pipes, create a channel for the piped water to flow through till it reaches the gutter. If you do not want the water to flow into the gutter, you can use an increaser to spread out the water flow into the soil where you want it to go.

Cover the sump
keep the corrugated pipe in place with some gravel. Plug in the pump and place a cover on the sump. Cover the sump firmly with the cover and neatly place the gravels around the sump.

After taking the above steps, it is time to test the sump pump. Plug in the sump pump and run it for a while to see if there are any errors. In the absence of any errors, your sump pump has been successfully installed and your basement is fully protected against water damage. In the unlikely event that the sump pump does not power on, there may be a fault with the switch, call a skilled electrician and schedule a sump pump switch replacement.

Now that you have the necessary information, you can begin to install your sump pump on your own.