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DIY Basement Sump Pump Installation

DIY Basement Sump Pump Installation

Are you facing water problems? Is your basement flooded? If yes, then you seriously need to devise a mechanism to drain the water. Here is when a sump pump would come in handy. A sump pump would help you solve all your water drainage issues.

The question is, how do you install one?

Get to the Root of the Problem

Before you begin to install a sump pump, you should diagnose the extent of the problem. Most water drainage problems are external in nature. Thus, you should make sure to check all gutters and sewers in your home, to see if they are blocked. If the problem can be solved by cleaning a gutter or washing your drainage pipes, you might not require a sump pump.

If the problem still persists, you should consider installing a sump pump in your existing basement.

Installation of a Basement Sump Pump: How It Works

Although installing a sump pump is a lot of hard work, doing it yourself isn’t entirely impossible. If you are up for the challenge, follow the tutorial listed below:

  • First and foremost, dig out a hole, at least 8 inches deep into the ground. Then mark the area of the floor that needs to be excavated. Use a jackhammer to drill the hole and clear off the area, when you are done.
  • The next step involves excavating the soil, until a 6 inch long liner can sit in between the gravel comfortably.
  • Insert the liner inside the hole, until only a few inches of liner is visible from the top.
  • Add gravel to make sure the liner is at least 1 inch above the hole and then even out the surrounding layer of gravel by using a wooden float.
  • To give it a more finished look, lay out a layer of concrete or cement on top of the gravel. Once you have covered the entire area of the gravel, flatten it out with a wooden float.
  • Purchase a sump pump from the market and install it in the area you have just prepared. Do this by lowering the pump into the liner.
  • After adjusting the sump pump inside the walls of the liner, make sure you check the float to see if it is away from the liner and can move freely.
  • Connect a drainage pipe to the side of the sump pump and attach it to an external dock.
  • Make sure to connect your sump pump to a power socket nearby.

Installing a sump pump in your existing basement is a lot of hard work. If you feel that it is too much for you to handle, you can always hire a plumber to do it for you. It would, however, cost you quite a lot. Just make sure not to overlook or ignore water in your basement, as it can lead to various other serious issues- not to mention the effect it can have on your and your family’s health.


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