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You Can Perform a Sump Pump Installation

Most homeowners have experienced the annoying problem of basement flooding. Basement flooding is often caused by blocked or damaged gutters, or faulty drainage systems. Floods can also occur when your property slopes toward your home, rather than away from it. Walls and floors that are not properly sealed can lead to basement flooding as well. The best solution is to find the source of your problem and fix it, to keep flooding from becoming a recurring problem. In the meantime, sump pump installation can help you keep water out of your basement. You can hire a professional to install the pump for you, or if you are feeling up to the task you can do it yourself.

Types of Sump Pumps

There are two basic types of sump pumps you can choose from: pedestal pumps and submersible pumps. Pedestal pumps are only partially concealed. Their motor rests above the water. They are the least expensive sump pump option, but have a life expectancy of only 5-15 years. A submersible pump has the motor sealed within the sump basin and is entirely installed below the water. It is a more expensive option, but is quieter and safer. It is expected to last 25-30 years.

Installing Your Sump Pump

Once you decide which type of sump pump will be most suitable for you, follow these steps to install it.

  1. Decide where to install. The pump should be installed near an electrical outlet, as it will need to be plugged in. If there is not an outlet, hire an electrician to install one. The pump also needs to be installed where the water is collecting.
  2. Dig a sump hole. The hole needs to be 10 inches wider and six inches deeper than your pump. Fill the bottom of the hole with three inches of gravel. Place your sump pump on top of the gravel.
  3. Add additional gravel. While you are standing in the sump, pour extra gravel around the sump. Leave a couple inches of the sump top exposed.
  4. Attach the male adapter to the PVC discharge pipe. Next insert it into the female adapter located on the pump. Make a weep hole into the discharge pipe six inches above the pump using a inch drill.
  5. Add a check valve to the open end of the discharge pipe. Place the pump into the sump.
  6. Route water from the pump away from the house by using pressurized fittings and 1 inch PVC.
  7. Drill a hole through an outside wall. Run the PVC through this hole. Seal the hole with a good silicone sealant.
  8. Spread out the flow of water by attaching an increaser to the end of the PVC pipe that is on the house’s exterior.
  9. Attach a corrugated pipe to the PVC pipe. Spread gravel around the corrugated pipe to hold it in place.
  10. Plug in the pump and put on the sump pump cover.

You should now have completed a successful sump pump installation!

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