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DIY Sump Pump Installation

Sump pump installation can be a fairly challenging activity, but it is one that is doable. In less than half a day, you can successfully add a sump pump to your basement. Installation is necessary if you do not already possess a sump pump or it is in need of repair. A sump pump is used for the purpose of emptying water that collects in a basin near the basement of foundation of a home. This device can prevent flooding in the home and save valuable possessions as well as money for flood damage repair. Follow the steps below and the installation can be fairly simple and cost-effective as you do it on your own.

First Steps to Success

Some basements come with a sump pit, an area where the sump pump is installed. Since not every home has this feature, it would be wise to know how to create a pit or a large hole to put your sump pump. First things first, determine what’s beneath the bottom floor of your home. Find out where sewer, gas, and water lines meet and if they will interfere with the installation. Locate the lowest area of the floor that is away from such lines, with eight inches away from an outer wall while still close to an outlet for a ground fault circuit interrupter. Then determine how you want the water to leave the pump using a PVC pipe, which should typically be between one and a half to two inches. You may want to line it up through the rim joist.

Plowing Your Pump Pit

After you decide on a location and routing system, you can commence the digging process. Yet you first need to make a few measurements to determine how big to make the hole. You should buy a liner when you buy your sump pump so that they will be equal in measurements. Use the liner as a guide for determining how big the hole should be. Make the pit six inches deeper and three inches wider than the liner, and afterwards dig three more inches in diameter. Use the guidelines set by the instructions as well when figuring out measurements. Then you may dig. The best method for burrowing through concrete is using a jackhammer. Level the hole out further to complete the digging.

Fitting in the Finished Product

Then you are set to install the sump pump. Fill the hole with six inches of gravel, tamp it, and then place the liner on top of it. Then you may place the pump in the pit; make sure it’s placed in right and is level to the ground. Cement these pieces together. Connect the pump to the discharge pipe. Next, connect a foot-long PVC pipe to the pump and run it through a hole in the wall. (Drill one if it’s not already there.) Connect another PVC pipe to the existing pipe so that it will run outdoors. Begin testing the pump to see if the water lets out properly. If this is a success, your sump pump installation is complete and you have nothing left to complete. Now you can enjoy the benefits of a home draining system with the satisfaction that you did it yourself.

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