Installing a sump pump involves digging a pit in the lowest point of an area where water is a problem, such as a basement or a crawlspace. The pump is placed in the hole and connected to a discharge pipe that carries water away from home.
It is essential to ensure that the pump is sized correctly for the area and that the discharge pipe is appropriately routed to prevent water from flowing back into the home. It is also essential to have a backup power source in case of a power failure. A professional plumber or contractor should be consulted for proper installation.
Below is the step-by-step guide to installing your new sump pump anytime.
Read Manufacturer Manual
Read your user manual; It will familiarize you with the parts and installation. The manual will also describe the pump you’re installing and the compatible accessories. Therefore before installation:
- Disconnect power.
- Check outlet height and distance.
- Avoid extension cords.
- Dedicated circuit
- Keep tags.
- Avoid pumping dry.
Remove Old Sump Pump
Disconnect the check valve, and drain the water. Put the old pump in a bucket and clear the pit.
Also, put the new pump on a brick or concrete pit bottom. Avoid placing a sump pump directly on gravel or earth to avoid impeller wear and jamming.
Sump Pump Installation
Installing your sump pump is easy if you follow below DIY procedures.
- Locate the sump pit: This is typically located in the lowest point of the basement or crawlspace where water is a problem.
- Dig the sump pit: Excavate the area to the appropriate depth and size for the sump pump.
- Install the sump pit liner: Place a preformed plastic or concrete sump pit liner into the hole.
- Install the pump: Place the pump into the pit, ensuring it sits firmly on the bottom. Connect the pump to the discharge pipe, carrying water away from the house.
- Install a check valve: This will prevent water from flowing back into the pit and causing the pump to run unnecessarily.
- Connect to power: Run an electrical conduit from a GFCI-protected electrical outlet to the pump and make the necessary electrical connections.
- Check the system: Test the pump by pouring water into the pit and observing that the pump turns on and pumps the water out of the discharge pipe.
- Backup power: It is essential to have a backup power source in case of a power failure, such as a battery backup.
It is essential to consult a professional plumber or contractor for proper installation and to ensure that the pump is sized correctly for the area and that the discharge pipe is routed correctly to prevent water from flowing back into the home.
It may be challenging to install without a plumber. If you need more technical assistance, hire Green House Plumbing and Heating Company to avoid putting your home at risk. Call us at (425) 999-9417 for perfect sump pump installation, repair, and replacement.