Proper Sump Pump Installation

Whether you are an amateur who’s not handy at home repairs or construction, or if you’re an experienced and professional handyman who knows the ins and outs of tinkering around the house, everyone can use a bit of help with utilities for the home.

The same goes true for our basements and setting up a water drain system for the house. If flooding and wet basements is  constant worry for you, then let us help by providing you with a rundown of things to do to properly set up your home’s pump drainage system with ease.

Look for the optimal place to set up your sump pit.

Find a corner or small are where you want your new sump pit to be. The sump pump needs a foot of space from the walls so you don’t strike any foundations when digging up. Look for somewhere near the discharge system outside to lessen friction loss that arises from the pipes being too long.

Know what kind of foundation lies beneath your basement’s floor system.

Is your home resting on dirt, stone, or grit? Knowing what is beneath your home can help you plan how to dig the pit up where you will be placing your sump pump. Do this before you begin any work so you don’t encounter any problems during the actual installation.

Measure the sump pit container accurately.

Transfer the measurements into the concrete before digging. Place your landmarks or tacks at about 5 inches bigger than the actual sump container to give plenty of allowance when placing the pit inside.

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style="color: #800000;">Begin excavating the concrete and dirt.

Carefully remove the flooring of your basement where your marked measurements are, and start digging downwards into the dirt. Use the proper equipment and observe safety procedures when doing so to avoid any accidents and injuries.

Lower the sump pit vessel into the dug up hole and seal it.

Place the container within the hole in an upright position. Make sure to fill the gap between the dirt and the sump container with pebbles or gravel to hold it securely in place. Layer some concrete around the cracked and raw edges and form a seal around the sump pit. Let it dry for 12 hours before placing your sump pump inside.

Place the sump pump inside the pit.

It is necessary to provide a stable, watertight base into the pit before placing the pump body inside to protect the pump from any debris. Lower the sump pump gently into the sump pit in a vertical position, making sure it does not lean anywhere to the sides.

Assess the automatic float switch for free movement.

Ensure that there is enough free space around the float switch to avoid it from lodging or getting stuck when the water level rises. Do not let it touch the sides of the sump pit.

If not included, obtain a check valve.

Some pump models are not equipped with their own check valves. Check valves prevent water from going back into the sump and overloading your sump pump. It should be placed near the discharge pipe.

Connect all the necessary discharge lines to the sump pump.

All pipes and lines should be securely connected to the pump and if possible, right into your sewage system. Try to avoid too many turns and provide slopes to achieve the maximum gallons per hour rate of your pump.

Assemble the power source.

Try to install your sump pump near an electrical outlet. Avoid using extensions by all means, as this can increase the risk of fires or burnt fuse greatly. Have everything waterproofed and covered securely. Test the power source and make sure that the voltage matches that of the sump pump.

Finally, turn on your pump.

Never run your sump pump in a dry pit. Always keep it submerged during operation. During its first run, inspect all the outlets, pipes and connections for any leaks or problems that may possibly occur during actual flooding.

There you have it. If you followed the tricks correctly, then your new sump pump should be running smoothly and you’re reassured that you will always have a clean and dry basement. Follow all the required building and water disposal codes in your area all the time to prevent sump pump related problems.

About.com also provides a nice installation guide here.

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