Proper Sump Pump Installation to Prevent Flooding

July 11, 2015

The installation of a sump pump could be the answer to your problems. Do you experience frequent flooding in the basement of your property? Is your plumbing in good condition and approved by a certified Roto-Rooter technician? If you answered yes to both of these questions, it may be less of a problem with the actual house and more about the location of it. In the soil around your home, the amount of water present may, at times, over-saturated and even rise in level. The basement of your home acts as a perfect place for the water to gather as it rises and falls. To compensate for the presence of water in your property and prevent further floods from occurring, your sump pump pulls the water out of the basement and away from your home’s foundation. Follow this guide for correct sump pump replacement and sump pump installation.

What You Need

  • Demolition hammer
  • Ten to fifteen-gallon sump basin
  • Filtration material
  • Gravel
  • Stone paver
  • Sump pump
  • PVC piping
  • PVC glue
  • Sealant caulk
  • Power drill and hole cutting attachments

Installation Guide

Carefully use the following steps to install a sump pump into your basement:

  1. With the help of a certified Roto-Rooter technician, locate where the water is gathering. Use a demolition hammer to break a hole into the floor to expose the pooling water.
  2. Take the sump basin and cut a hole into the bottom. This is where the water will enter. Use the filtration material or cloth to wrap the bottom and cover it well.
  3. After placing the basin into the hole in the basement floor, fill the bottom with about an inch of gravel. This will help add another layer to the filtration that will keep out unwanted debris, which could potentially hurt the pump. Place the stone paver on top.
  4. Place the sump pump carefully under water and position it on top of the paver so that it sits ina stable manner.
  5. Locate the check valve on top of the pump where the water shoots out. Connect the drainage PVC to this spot and run the piping up the wall.
  6. With a power drill hole cutter attachment, make a hole in the wall big enough for the pipe to exit the building and drain accordingly.
  7. Use the sealant caulk to seal up the hole going outside.
  8. Mix up the cement with a mixer and fill in the hole surrounding the sump basin so that it is sealed in place.
  9. Plug in the sump pump and turn it on.
  10. Note that this is a HUGE job even for experienced do-it-yourselfers. For a sump pump to work best, it should be connected to a perimeter French drain that gathers water from all sides of your foundation and funnels it to the sump pump for removal.

For more information about sump pump installation, call Roto-Rooter today.


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