A Sump Pump Installation Guide from Roto-Rooter

A Sump Pump Installation Guide from Roto-Rooter

Does your basement flood often? Even after a thorough home plumbing system inspection, basement flooding can still occur because of your property's location. How much moisture is present in the ground and where the structure is located will often factor into why certain basements have a tendency to flood, while others do not. The only way to combat this problem is through proper sump pump installation. A sump pump will remove water entering your basement, because of the rising water table and will help resolve your flooding issues. Use the following guide to properly install a submersible sump pump

Materials Needed

  • Demolition hammer
  • Sump basin
  • Filtration cloth
  • Gravel
  • Stone paver
  • Sump pump
  • PVC pipe
  • PVC glue
  • Sealant Caulk
  • Power drill with hole cutting attachments
  • Cement mix and mixer

Steps for Success

Consider the following guide for proper sump pump installation:

  1. First, locate where the water is pooling under the basement floor. Use the demolition hammer to make a hole to expose the gathering moisture.
  2. Take the sump basin and cut a hole in the bottom of it to make sure that the water can easily enter. Cover the hole with the filtration cloth. Also drill several one inch holes around the sides of the tub to allow multiple pathways into the pit for surrounding ground water.
  3. Place the basin into the hole in the concrete floor. Once in place, pour gravel all around the outside of the bin to help filter the water and direct it into the pit. Then add about an inch of gravel to the bottom of the bin evenly dispersed on the bottom of it. This gravel will help boost the effectiveness of the filtration. Put the stone paver on top.
  4. Position the sump pump on top of the stone paver and adjust it so that it is stable.
  5. Locate the check valve on top of the pump. When the pump pulls the water out of the hole, it then pushes it out of the check valve. Attach the PVC drainpipe to this valve.
  6. Run the pipe along the wall and use the power drill to cut a hole just big enough for the pipe to run through. Make sure that the drainage pipe ends a good distance from the house to prevent water from re-entering the basement.
  7. Test the pump and make sure it is operating properly.
  8. Use the sealant caulk to seal up the hole in the wall and mix up the cement to fill in the space around the basin.

Ultimately, this is a large job that should not be undertaken by most do-it-yourselfers. We recommend contracting the job out to an experience licensed plumber or basement waterproofing specialist.  Having this job done professionally will leave you trouble-free for years to come.

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