Correct Sump Pump Installation: a Guide for Success

Correct Sump Pump Installation: a Guide for Success

Are you standing knee deep in a flooded basement? Are you frustrated beyond all reason as to why this keeps happening? Are you tired of people telling you that your plumbing is just fine and that it is because of something else? The reality is that the ground surrounding the foundation of your home may be saturated with too much moisture. As under ground water levels rise and fall, water that collects in your basement space will rise and fall as well. To stay on top of the water when it arrives, you need to perform sump pump installation to keep things dry.

 Materials Needed


  • 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

Installation Tips

Use the following guide for correct sump pump installation, provided to you by your friends at Roto-Rooter:


  1. First, make sure that you know about where the bulk of the water is gathering underneath your basement floor. This is important because it will determine how effective the sump pump will perform.
  2. Second, use the demolition hammer to bust a hole into the floor, exposing the water. Make sure it is big enough to fit the sump basin.
  3. Third, prepare the sump basin by cutting a hole in the bottom of it and placing filtration cloth over the opening. The hole will make it much easier for water to fill the basin and the cloth will keep out the debris.
  4. Next, place the sump basin into the hole in the floor.
  5. Now, fill the basin with about an inch of gravel. It will help boost the effectiveness of the filter.
  6. Put the stone paver on top of the gravel.
  7. Carefully place the sump pump on top of the paver and make sure that it is steady.
  8. Locate the check valve on top of the sump pump and connect the drainage PVC pipe.
  9. Run the pipe up the wall.
  10. Use the power drill to make a hole wide enough for the drainage pipe to go outside.
  11. With the sealant caulk, seal up the hole.
  12. Mix up the cement and fill in the gaps around the basin on the floor.
  13. Finally, plug in the sump pump and make sure it removes the water correctly.
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