How to Install a Sump Pump (DIY Easy Guide)

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    2 November, 2022

    This DIY guide will walk you through installing a sump pump. A sump pump is an effective method of avoiding basement flooding. A sump pump also reduces overall moisture in your home. 

    Need more information on how to install a sump pump? Call Insulation Co. of Lynnwood, WA, for a free estimate. 

    How to Install a Sump Pump System?

    This helpful outline will explain how to install a sump pump system.

    First, you’ll want to select a place in your home to install the sump pump system. Consider installation in a site where your home collects the most rainfall. 

    Next, you will cut a hole into the ground that will house the sump pump system. You will place a filter around the system before putting it into the hole. The last step is to seal the sump pump into the ground by laying concrete over the system’s top. 

    Step-by-Step Sump Pump Installation Process 

    1. Determine the best location of the sump pump system. Install the sump pump on a dry day.
    2. Dig a hole into the ground to place the sump pump system. Use a sledgehammer or jackhammer to place the sump pump system inside a concrete surface. 
    3. Pour gravel at the bottom of the hole to nestle the sump pump. 
    4. Wrap the sump pump system with a filtered cloth to prevent debris from clogging the motor.
    5. Place the sump pump into the hole. 
    6. Create a hole in the wall large enough for the hose. This tube will carry the water from the basement or desired location to the outside. 
    7. Fit the hose to the sump pump and run it through the hole in the wall.
    8. Install the check valve. For more on how to install a sump pump check valve, call the Insulation Co. experts.
    9. Test the sump pump by filling the hole with water and monitor how it carries the water. Inspect for leaks or other structural issues. 

    What Are the Types of Sump Pumps?

    Submersible and pedestal pumps are the two most common sump pumps. Both of these pumps will carry water to different locations but have different installation requirements. Additionally, these systems both have check valves in the same location. 

    •       Submersible pumps

    Submersible pumps are waterproof, meaning the entire system can go into the installation hole. If you are wondering how to install a sump pump outside, a submersible sump pump will work best as it is weather-durable. 

    •       Pedestal pumps

    Pedestal pumps are not waterproof. They contain a motor that stems upward from the hole to avoid excess moisture. Since these pumps need shelter, you will need to install them in a basement or crawl space. 

    Keep reading to learn how to install a sump pump in the basement. We’ll also discuss how to install a sump pump in a crawl space. 

    FAQs about Sump Pump Installation

    •       Can I install my own sump pump? Yes, you can install your sump pump as long as you have the right tools and the sump pump. 
    •       Can I replace a sump pump myself? Yes, you can replace a sump pump yourself. 
    •       How do you know when to replace a sump pump? A sump pump will deteriorate with age or issue. Signs of malfunction include noises, not distributing water, or a system older than seven years. 

    Final Thoughts 

    For more on how to install a sump pump pit, contact Insulation Co. As the leading provider of sump pump services in Washington state, we ensure reliable and quick installation.

    Call (425) 903-6453 for a free estimate today.