How to Make Your Own Sump Pump Tank

What You'll Need
Potential tank
Sump pump kit
Pipe Fittings

If you want to make your own sump pump tank, then you will have to proceed very cautiously, and make sure that you thoroughly research the problems which can occur. The sump pump tank is a vital piece of equipment for many people who do not live close to sewage works. In order to ensure that your sump pump installation tank works correctly, you will have to test it out on the surface before putting it into your sump pump hole. This is a difficult task, and should only be attempted by those who are confident that they can manage it. If you are willing to proceed, you will need some basic household tools, and a lot of pipes.

Step 1 - Choose a Tank

In order to install your very own sump pump tank, you will need to construct the basic shell of the tank from a suitable donor. You can choose a tank from a number of different sources, from a large garbage bin to an old metal barrel. You should make sure that the tank is thoroughly washed out and cleaned before you begin. This is to ensure that you will avoid corrosion in the tank, which can cost a great deal of money to fix. If the barrel has a fixed top, cut it off with a saw, but otherwise remove the lid of the donor item.

Step 2 - Add the Plumbing

You can now start arranging for the plumbing which will need to be fitted to the tank. You will need two sets of pipes. One is the drainage pipe, which will bring the sewage to the sump pump, and the other is the discharge pipe, which will take water from the sump pump above ground, and guide it to a sewer or other suitable place. Start by making a hole in the side of your tank. This hole needs to be large enough to fit the drainage pipe into the tank. Use the drill to begin the hole, and then draw around the pipe, cutting out according to the outline. You can then add a pipe fitting to the inside and outside of the tank, which will hold the pipe securely.

Step 3 - Add the Accessories

You should then take the accessories for the sump pump, including the motor, the float, and the check valve. Place these at the bottom of the tank, and then cut out suitable holes in the lid of your tank. Press this back down onto the tank, and seal around the edges using plumber's tape. You should then add water to the sump tank via the drainage pipe, and wait until it triggers the pump to start pushing water up the discharge pipe. When this occurs you know that your tank is working. Place the float at a suitable level, and add a screen between the top of the water and the top of the tank.