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Performing Your Own Sump Pump Installation

For many homeowners that struggle to make ends meet and pay all the bills, it can be challenging to find all the funds needed in order to replace furnaces, air conditioning units, refrigerators, and other household appliances and conveniences. With all the different costs in a home, few people consider the fact that a sump pump can go out and may need to be replaced as well. Rather than calling a plumber right away to perform a sump pump installation, it may be wise to consider these helpful tips towards installing your own pump. In the end, it could save you a lot of money if you are brave enough to give it a try.

Read the Instructions and Warning s First

The first and perhaps most important step to consider is to take time to find the instructions to your new pump. The instructions may have some information that is unique to your sump pump that may not apply to other pumps on the market. In addition, carefully review the warning labels before commencing on your installation. This may prevent you from making a mistake that could cost you more money than you had initially intended.

Unplug the Pump and Loosen the Clamp

Before you can begin installing your sump pump, you will want to begin by removing the old pump. To do this, be sure that you unplug the power source. Once the pump is disconnected from the power, you can then release the check valve from the discharge pipe by loosening the clamp on the valve and slipping it off the pipe. When you remove the valve from the pipe, be sure that you do it slowly, as there is likely going to be some water in the pipe.

Remove the Pump from the Pit

After you have unplugged the pump and removed the valve from the discharge pipe, the next thing you can do is remove the pump from the pump. Simply lift the pump from the pit and carefully place the pump into a bucket in order to allow any remaining water to drain out.

Prepare the New Pump for Installation

After you have removed the pump, cut a piece of 1 inch PVC pipe that is long enough to reach from the pump outlet to the check valve. This pipe will need to be glued to the adapter so that it can be screwed into the pump.

Drill a Hole into the PVC Pipe

In order to prevent any air blockages that often occur within the pipe, you must drill a 1/8 inch hole (sloping downward) in the pipe; this allows the water to spray back into the sump pit.

Tighten the Clamp on the Check Valve and Turn the Power On

After drilling a hole, place the pump into the pit. At this time, you can then tighten the clamp on the check valve and then turn on the power. This should get you back in business. If you feel that this process is too complex, it may be wise to call a plumber. They can ensure that your sump pump installation is conducted without any hassle or any potential problems.

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