A Clear Sump Pump Installation Guide

A Clear Sump Pump Installation Guide

As a homeowner, you face a growing list of chores that encompass all the maintenance, repairs, and projects that one house can throw at you. Some homeowners even have to deal with serious basement floods, which seemingly come out of nowhere from a plumbing system that appears to be in good working order. Do you have a problem that sounds similar to this one? It turns out that this issue has an actual solution that you can take advantage of. Sump pump installation is often the answer for basements where unexpected flooding occurs. Let us say upfront that installing a sump pump, perimeter French drain system is a big job that should be done by an experience waterproofing professional or licensed plumber.

But if you do choose the DIY approach, here are the steps for performing your very own sump pump installation:

Materials You Need

  • Demolition hammer
  • Ten to fifteen-gallon sump basin
  • Filtration cloth
  • Gravel
  • Stone paver
  • Sump pump
  • PVC pipe
  • PVC glue
  • Power drill and hole cutter attachments
  • Sealant caulk
  • Cement mix and mixer

Steps for a Successful Sump Pump Installation

  1. First, make sure to locate where the water is funneling under the basement floor. To get some help with this, call Roto-Rooter or a waterproofing company.
  2. Second, make a hole in the floor with the demolition hammer so that the pooling water can be clearly seen.
  3. Next, prepare the sump basin by cutting a hole in the bottom of it  then drill some one inch holes in the sides of the basin.  This will make for an easier entrance as water comes flooding in.
  4. Now, place the basin into the hole.
  5. Pour gravel all around the outside of the basin from bottom to top. Also add about an inch of gravel to the bottom of the basin. This gravel will serve as part of the filtration system.
  6. Put the stone paver on top of the gravel.
  7. Now, take the sump pump and position it carefully on top of the stone paver so that it is steady and stable.
  8. Locate the check valve on top of the pump and attach the drainage PVC pipe. Run the PVC pipe up the wall.
  9. Use the power drill to make a hole through the walls to the outside. Push the pipe through the hole and then seal it up with sealant caulk.
  10. Fire up the sump pump and make sure that it is working correctly. From now on, it should take care of any gathering water before problems start.
  11. Mix up the cement and pour it into the space between the basin and the cement flooring to secure it into place.
  12. These are just the basics. Make sure to fully research this topic and abide by all local plumbing codes. Again, we cannot stress enough that this job should not be taken lightly. We recommend that you not try this by yourself.
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