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To successfully install a sump pump you will need to pick a unit that has a high quality switch and float system. You will need an adequate container for your sump pit. Don't take the cheap way out and just use a five gallon bucket. This may cause your pump not to work properly and can even cause a complete failure. You will need a container at least 22 inches deep and 18 inches wide.

After you have purchased your pump and container you will need to dig a sump pit hole. Unfortunately this will usually involve more than grabbing a shovel because most basement floors will require you to break up the concrete. It is important that you position your pit just below the lowest point in the basement. This means you will want to start by picking the lowest point in your basement. This will allow gravity to help in the drainage process. If your chosen spot is below the remainder of the basement floor then you should install the sump pump level with that area.

You will need to mix up some concrete and use it fasten the the edge of the pump pit to the floor. Do not proceed further until it has fully dried. Many pumps will come with a sump pump check valve. This valve will ensure that the water can only flow in one direction. If your pump does not have one, it would be a good idea to add one.

Next you will need to place tape the threads of your pipe connector. Hand tightening should be adequate. Run the extra hose to the outside of the house. A submersible pump will need to be placed directly into the sump pit. An upright pump which is also called a pedestal pump then just situate it above the sump pit.

Make sure that you have an adequate supply of electricity to the pump. This will often require adding an additional circuit just for the pump. If you are uncomfortable working with wiring then called professional to do the job. Installing a sump pump is not easy but it is a doable project if you follow the steps outlined above.

Now that you know how to install the pump you will need to find a sump pump to meet your project requirements. In general you do get what you pay for. Cheap pumps will tend to be less reliable. Sump pumps have different types of housing with plastic, metal, and cast iron the most common. Because it is very strong and dissipates heat, cast iron is generally considered the best type of housing. Sump pumps are sized according to their horsepower ratings. Common pump sizes are 1/4, 1/3, and 1/2 horsepower. Lastly, make sure you take into consideration the number of gallons of water per hour that the pump can handle. You may find some pumps will process twice as much water an hour despite have the same horsepower rating.

Installing a sump pump is a doable project once you have learned the basic features of sump pumps and the required steps to install them. If you are still unsure then you can always call in a pro.


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