Are you worried about frequent basement flooding? Yes, most of the house owner gets frustrated because of this problem. Installing a sump pump is the only best choice! Today we are here to guide you to install a sump pump in your basement with 8 simple steps. Without any wait, let’s skip to the first step.
- Identify the problem:
Most of the time flooding in the basement of your house happens due to exterior drainage trouble. Find out whether water stagnates around your house during heavy rain. Also, make sure that the roof water that flows through downspout are carried atleast 4 feet away from the house. However, the basements still can get flooded due to high groundwater level, or when your house is located in a low area. In order to overcome this problem, install a sump pump in the basement and stay away from the flood.
- Find a good location:
Before digging a hole for a sump pump, make sure that it is nearer to the wall in the basement. This helps you to discharge the water easily as it must travel atleast 10 feet away from your house. But stay away atleast 8 inches away from the foundation wall to prevent from hitting the foundation of the house. Also, see to that you feel comfortable to work with. Remember to check with your local municipality about regulations and also see whether you need a permission to do this work.
- Trace the outline and dig a hole for the sump pump:
Draw an outline by placing the sump pump tank. Leave about 3-4 inch gap around the outline to easily fit the tank into the ground (later fill the gap with gravel and concrete layer). With the help of a jackhammer dig the marked outline (electric jackhammer can work quickly). Dig the ground atleast 12 inches deeper than the sump pump liner. Fill the bottom of the hole with some coarse gravel so that the sump pump tank sits perfectly. Depending upon the sump pump tank, drill sufficient holes in the tank which allows water to enter easily. Make sure that the collector pipe and hole in the tank are perfectly attached so that small gravels does not enter the tank.
- Place the sump pump tank:
Now place the sump pump tank inside the hole. Get sufficient amount of clay and pour them into sides of the tank to fill the space. With the help of a trowel make sure that the surroundings are filled without any gap and are settled even on the top. Make sure that the cap of the tank is closed so that clay or any other particles does not fall into the tank which again creates a mess.
- Concrete back the floor:
In order to level the top portion, mix a required amount of cement with water and prepare a concrete. Pour them into the gaps. With the help of trowel, smoothen the top portion and also check whether they are equal with the floor. Allow the concrete to dry completely.
- Connecting pump with discharge pipe:
As per the diameter of the threaded discharge port (most often 1-1/2 inch), fix a PVC male adapter into the port and tighten them. Place the sump pump down into the tank. Take a piece of PVC and insert into the male couplings (push it tight) and fix a point on the pipe which is right above the cap of the sump pump tank and cut the pipe at that point. With the help of PVC cement or glue join the PVC with the male couplings. Use a high-grade silicone based caulk (glue) which is flexible enough to absorb any vibrations. Make a hole in the sump tank if such one does not exist, so that the discharge pipe comes out of the same.
- Installing a check valve:
Check valve helps to stop the backflow of water in the discharge pipe and makes the water to flow in one particular direction. Attach the check valve along with the discharge pipe and screw it up with a screwdriver. Attach the other end of the check valve with the discharge pipe (which leads to the garden area or outside the house) and screw them up. Also, make sure that you fix the check valve in the right direction.
- Connect to power and test the system:
At last, you are in the final step which is nothing but to test the pump. Before the test, the main element to power the pump is the electric current. Therefore plug the adaptor into a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protected power socket. For testing the sump pump, pour water into the tank and the sump pump will kick start automatically by itself. Great job! You’re done! Now stay away from flooding.
Check out our video on how to install the sump pump in basement of your house.