How to use a Sump Pump


If you have flood prone and moist basement, a sump pump might be a solution for you. A sump pump can drain away the flood water or accumulated water in the basement ground to some appropriate drain away from your home. Installing a sump pump can save you from a lot of hassle during the rainy days and spending money on a sump pump can save you from a lot of repair costs that might incur otherwise. There are several other ways to keep your basement dry and protect it against flood water but if you have exhausted all of your options then installing a sump pump might be your savior.

How to use a Sump Pump

Operation Principle of Sump pump:

A sump pump works by collecting water in a sump basin, installed underneath your basement and once the water level rises to a certain level, the sump pump thrusts the water away into some safe nearby drain. Sump pumps are usually of two type’s i.e. submersible sump pumps or an upright sump pump. Submersible sump pumps are installed underground whereas upright sump pumps are installed above the ground level of your basement.

Installing a sump pump:

Many a times houses built with basements have a built in sump basin. If your basement has a sump basin installed then half of your work is done; installing a sump pump thereon is a simple and easy process. If a sump basin is not already present then you might have to contact your contractor and see if a sump basin can still be incorporated into your basement floor.

Installing a sump basin:

You can easily install a sump basin if you don’t have one. Sump basins are usually installed near the lowest point of your basement. Generally, Sump basin is 2 feet deep and 18 inches wide so you must dig the hole accordingly. It should also be noticed that it’s important to consider the size, type and design of the sump pump you are going to install and use.

Adjusting the sump pump:

Place the sump pump inside your sump pit and check its float and check valves. The float valve will turn on the pump once the water level rises to a certain level and a check valve is a one way valve, used to keep the water from flowing back once it is pushed out of the pump. In order for the sump pump to work properly, you must ensure that the float valves and check valves are free to move and there is no obstruction in their way. Most sump basis has a perforated outer layer to allow the water to seep in and seep out of the basin easily. If your basin does not have weep holes, you can dig holes on your own.

Connecting the electric supply:

The electric supply for sump pump is the same as used in your home and it is good to have a grounded circuit near your sump pump to prevent electric shock accidents. Most sump pumps come with a battery backup so that when electricity goes out in tough weather, your sump pump must still be able to operate and keep pushing the water away.

Test run:

After everything is installed and fixed, you must give your pump a test run and check the valves and drainage of the pump are working properly.

Having a sump pump protects your basement walls and structure and of you have any of your belongings in the basement then it can save a lot of trouble. A sump pump beneath your basement can also protect you against several waterborne diseases as well as control the mold build up.

In order to get all the benefits of using a sump pump and also to make it a long term companion, it would be necessary to follow all steps carefully that are important to get the sump pump start to work correctly. Installing it correctly and maintaining it on a  regular basis would help you use it without any problem for a long time. As if you don’t, you might get into troubles or even have to replace this useful machine again and again.

It’s better to start and use it carefully and get the most out of it.