How to Install a Sump Pump

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Installing a sump pump usually takes about half and hour and can be done with some basic everyday tools. In order to get started, you will need to select a new pump that is equal in specs with the one you are replacing. Sump pumps are supplied in several different configurations, hence it is important to make sure that you select the ideal type for your application and that you read the owner's manual for installation, correct operation and safety guidelines..

To install, follow the steps below. 

Materials/Tools Needed:

• Drill with 1/8” (2mm) drill bit

• Electricians tape or cable ties

• Hacksaw

• Pre-installed sump basin

• Pre-installed dedicated 15-amp outlet

• PVC pipe

• PVC glue

• Sump pump

• Screwdriver 


1. Drill Relief Hole
Drill a 1/8” (2mm) relief hole in the discharge pipe 1” (25 mm) above where it attaches to the pump flange. 

2. Place Pump
Clean out the sump basin and place the pump inside, on a level solid base, such as cement bricks. This is to minimise sand or debris being drawn into the pump. Also ensure that the pump components do not come into contact with the sides of the basin; especially the float switch.

3. Connect Pump to Drains
Connect the pump discharge into the sump drainage system using PVC pipe and a check valve (one-way non return valve) to limit back flow of water.

4. to Power and Test System                                                                                                            
ape or cable-tie the pump cord to the discharge pipe. Connect the sump pump to the power and run water into the sump to test it. You will need to fill the sump to the level that normally causes the pump to activate. It is vital to never run the pump without water because the motor will quickly overheat and seize up.

Pump Replacement Tips: 

Tip 1 - Cut the Power
Remember is to unplug the sump pump before you do anything else, so as to avoid the risk of electric shock. Undo all electrical connections. 

Tip 2 - Buy the Same Sump Pump
You should try to replace your sump pump with the exact same model as your old one to ensure the compatibility of the new pump with the existing basin and piping.

Why You Need a Backup Sump Pump
A backup system provides added peace of mind, protecting your home against power outage, sump pump failure, flooding, and heavy rains that can overwhelm your existing sump pump system. If your principal sump pump fails, a backup sump pump can run on its own power, either from a rechargeable battery or from your residential water system. The following conditions may necessitate the need for a backup sump pump:

Power Outages
If you live in an area where power outages occur on a regular basis, a battery-powered back pump is ideal. If your home's electrical circuit is accidentally tripped or if the electrical line that feeds into your pump is likely to become damaged, you will benefit from having a backup pump.
Pump Problem Sources
A backup pump will protect your property if your main sump pump ever becomes damaged or if one of its parts becomes broken. Three common pump problems include:
• Pump clogging caused by debris sucked into the pump
• Stuck pump impeller or float switch
• Water from flooding or heavy rains that exceed the main pump’s capacity


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