Roto-Rooter Guide to Sump Pump Installation

Roto-Rooter Guide to Sump Pump Installation

Are you sick and tired of your basement always flooding on you? Do you want to make sure that it never happens again? One of the surest ways to prevent water having the chance to flood your basement is through the use of a sump pump. These pumps are designed to switch on automatically (though some are manual) to remove water that is gathering.  No matter whether the water is leaking in through the foundation of your home or through failing plumbing, this pump will help to keep you dry.

 What You Will Need


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

How to Install Your Sump Pump

If you use the following guide correctly for sump pump installation, your flooded basement days will be gone for good.


  1. First, locate the spot where the water is gathering underneath the basement floor. If you need help doing this, call Roto-Rooter to speak with a professional.
  2. Second, use a demolition hammer to break a hole into the floor and expose the water. Make sure the hole is big enough to fit the sump basin.
  3. Third, prepare the sump basin by cutting a hole on the bottom of the container and then place some filtration fabric over the opening. The hole will allow water to fill the tank more freely and the filtration fabric keeps out the debris.
  4. Next, place the basin into the hole in the floor.
  5. Now, pour gravel into the basin until there is about an inch of it covering the bottom. The gravel does a great job filtering the water even further.
  6. Place the stone paver on top of the gravel.
  7. Carefully put the sump pump on top of the paver and position it where it will be most steady.
  8. Locate the check valve on top of the sump pump and connect the PVC drainpipe to it.
  9. Run the pipe up the wall.
  10. Use the power drill to make a hole in the wall for the PVC pipe and run it through to the outside where the water will drain.
  11. Seal up the hole with the sealant caulk.
  12. Mix up the cement and fill in the gaps around the sump basin.
  13. Finally, plug in the sump pump and watch it remove all the gathering water.

For more information, call your local Roto-Rooter today.

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