Sump pump installation does not require expensive plumbers. Knowing just a few simple tips and a basic understanding of how the pump works can allow you to install, do all routine maintenance, and even troubleshoot an issue if one arises.
1. Debris in the Pump
The sump pump should not sit on loose silt, small gravel, or any other debris which can be sucked up into the pump and cause a problem. Large rocks or gravel of a dime size or more should be used so that the lines do not get clogged and the motor doesn't get ruined.
2. Float Switch Issues
Float switches tell the motor to stop when the water level gets too low. For this reason, sump pumps need to have adequate space around the float and switch for the arm to freely float and sink. If there is any obstruction, the float can cause the pump to operate incorrectly and burn up the motor.
3. Check Valve
The check valve creates a barrier so that no water can back flow into the pump. There will be an arrow printed around the check valve to indicate the direction it should face. Make sure the arrow is pointing away from the sump pump.