Sump Pump Installation Tips

Posted on: 13 April 2016

It is no secret that a lot of rain can cause issues if you are living in a home that has a basement. The water comes in and can cause a lot of problems, including the damage it can do to your health. Here are a few guidelines to help install a sump pump in the basement to remedy the problems caused by flooding conditions.

Preparation and Setup

Locate the area of the basement where the most moisture accumulations during the rainy weather. This is where you will want to position the pump. The sump pump should be placed in a hole that is deep and wide enough to ensure the top edge of the pump is level with the floor. Use a jackhammer or sledgehammer to dig through the surface of the masonry.

You will want to have a weep hole, also called a relief hole, so that the water can enter from beneath and from the sides. You should drill these holes if you don't have them. You need to prevent sludge and silt from clogging the basin by wrapping a layer of filter fabric around the basin's exterior.

Placing the Pump

Create a stable, raised area using gravel over the bottom of the hole. Place the pump in the hole, and place dirt around its border. It should not be able to wobble.

The float valve must be able to move easily up and down as the water level rises. This motion will activate the sump pump. Be sure, at this point, it is functioning correctly. Make sure there are no obstructions.

The check valve will direct the water away from the sump. You will need to run a section of PVC pipe or a flexible hose to discharge the water. Make a hole large enough for the pipe or hose to fit through the hole where the basement wall meets the output. Be sure to caulk around the hole to fill any small or large gaps.

Test Run

Make a test run by filling the basin with water, close to the top. If it is running correctly, the float will come up, the pump will start, and the water will be pumped out. Be sure no leaks exist. Place the top over the basin and cover the hole around the pump. Cement is the best choice to be spread over the entire area, except for the pump's lid.

If you are a do-it-yourself person, this information should provide everything you will need to obtain a healthier home. There should not be any more concerns of moisture in the basement.


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