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Installing a Sump Pump

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A sump pump is your ideal choice for waterproofing your basement. They can greatly reduce or eliminate your wet basement problems. Here’s a few tips on how to do it yourself:

The best place for a sump pump is where water collects in your basement. Also make sure you have a power outlet relatively near where you’ll install the pump, so you can plug it in.

Once that’s settled, it’s time to dig. You need a hole bigger than the sump itself, so dig a hole approximately 6 inches deeper and about 10 inches wider than the sump pump. Fill the first three inches with gravel and then place the sump inside. You can then proceed to fill the sides of the pump with the rest of the gravel, but leave about 2 inches of the sump uncovered at the top.

Next step is attaching the adapters. There should be two of them, a male and female adapter. The male adapter should be glued to the PVC discharge pipe, and then placed inside the female adapter in the sump pump. Drill a hole (using quarter drill) in the discharge pipe, about six inches above the pump. This is known as a weep hole and it allows water to flow back into the pump when you turn it off.

Using wire ties, attach the pumps’ electrical cord to the discharge pipe, and on the open end of the pipe attach a vertical operating check valve. You can now place the pump inside the sump, put gravel around it to keep it in place and put the cover on top of the pump.

You can now start running the water out of your basement. Use PVC piping to channel the water from the discharge pipe all the way outside your house. We recommend you use pressurized fittings and one and a half inch pipes for this. Run the PVC pipes out of your home through the wall that best suits your needs. Fill out the rest of the hole around the pipe with silicone sealant, and then run the pipes a good 4-5 feet away from your home. We recommend you add a PVC increaser at the end of the pipe to spread the water flow.

Power up the pump and enjoy a water free basement.

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