Drainage Solutions: Install a Sump Pump Drainage Solutions: Install a Sump Pump

What You'll Need
Caulking gun
Jackhammer (rented)
PVC piping
PVC fittings
PVC cement
Work Gloves
Safety Glasses
Hack saw
Sump pump
Liner for sump pump

If you notice that water seems to always accumulate in your basement, then you need to find some drainage solutions to fix the problem. A problem usually occurs because of water seeping into a basement through small openings, and a sump pump is one way to get rid of this water before it has a chance to build up and flood your basement. A sump pump works by pumping out any water in the basement, and draining if off elsewhere. Here are directions and a list of tools and materials for installing a sump pump as a drainage solution.

Step 1: Find Your Sewer Lines

It’s important to find the sewer lines, pipes, etc., before you start cutting any holes that may go through and damage them.

Step 2: Determine Where the Pump Goes

Use a level to make sure the location you put the sump hole in your basement is the lowest point. This should also be near a wall that is next to the outside of the building, and near an electrical outlet that has a GFCI protected circuit for your sump pump.

Step 3 – Determine Discharge Pipe Location

Now figure out where to put the discharge pipe, which has to run outside of the basement. It will run through a metal rim or joist and then go from the sump pump to somewhere away from the basement outside or into a drain.

Step 4 – Create Hole for Pump

Use the sump liner to figure out the size of the hole you need in the basement floor. Then, draw a line around it and use then use the jackhammer to bust up the concrete.  With your shovel, dig a hole about 24 inches deep, and nice and even on the bottom, or just a bit bigger than the liner to fit into.

Step 5 – Install Liner

Put the liner into the hole, and make sure it fits tightly, and that there are no gaps between the liner and the hole. Seal the area surrounding the liner edges with the concrete, and use the trowel to make it even with the basement flooring.

Step 6 – Install Discharge Pipe

Connect the sump pump to the discharge piping. Put the sump pump into the opening and make sure it is even and straight. Attach the discharge piping by running it all the way through the rim and put a PVC pipe into the hole. You need approximately 1/2 foot of piping to run outside, with about 1/4 foot for the indoor section.

Step 7: Put in PVC Piping

Next, use a tape measure, and use the hack saw to cut the PVC piping to the size you need to make it fit to the discharge pipe in your wall. Run it from there back to the discharge piping attached to the sump pump. After you are sure the lengths are good to go, cement in the pipes to hold them tight.

Step 8: Outside Pipes

The piping that runs to the outside of your house needs to extend at least 6 feet from your foundation . You don’t want the water running back toward the house.

Step 9 - Test Sump Pump

Read the sump pump directions and make sure the float valve is adjusted properly. Plug in the pump and get ready to test it. Pour a few buckets of water in the hole where the sump pump is installed. Turn on the pump and make sure it works. Voila, the new sump pump is one way to create drainage solutions for your water buildup problem.

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