Roto-Rooter Sump Pump Installation: Tips and Tricks for Success

Roto-Rooter Sump Pump Installation: Tips and Tricks for Success

The biggest problem with a lot of basement flooding is there is nothing wrong with the plumbing system in the home. A lot of flooding is caused solely by the wet ground surrounding the foundation of a structure. When the topsoil gets too saturated with moisture, water will quickly start collecting in basement spaces close by. As the under ground water levels rise and fall, basement flooding will come and go. This touch-and-go problem is extremely hard to deal with unless you have a  sump pump installation completed to help solve the problem. This pumping unit will make sure that there is never enough water to flood your basement space. We’ve provided a quick guide for installing a sump pump system.

What You Will Need


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

Steps for Success

Use the following guide for sump pump installation:


  1. First, find where the bulk of the collecting water is underneath the basement floor. Roto-Rooter technicians can help you figure this part out, if needed.
  2. Second, use the demolition hammer to break a hole into the floor of the basement to expose the pooling moisture. Make sure it is big enough for the sump basin.
  3. Third, it is important to cut a hole in the bottom of the basin and cover it with a filtration fabric because the hole allows more water to pass through at a time and the fabric keeps out all the debris.
  4. Next, place the basin into the hole in the floor.
  5. Now, pour about an inch of gravel evenly over the bottom of the basin.
  6. Place the stone paver on top of the gravel.
  7. Position the sump pump on top of the paver so that it is steady.
  8. Locate the check valve on top of the pump and hook up the drainage PVC pipe to it.
  9. Run the pipe up the wall.
  10. Use the power drill to make a hole for running the pipe outside where it can drain appropriately.
  11. With the sealant caulk, seal up the hole in the wall.
  12. Mix up the cement to fill in the holes and gaps around the sump basin in the floor.
  13. Finally, switch on the sump pump and make sure it works.

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

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