Advice on Replacing a Water Sump Pump

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Most people do not know how to replace a water sump pump. They think of it as a very complex job; however, it is as simple as replacing an electric fuse.

An Important Observation

The following information is fit for anyone who wants to replace a water sump pump. It is not meant for someone who wants to install an entirely new water sump pump. For such a task, it is better to hire a professional plumber who is adept at installing a completely new pump and drain line.

Locating the Pump

First thing locate the sump pump. Most commonly, the pump is located in the basement of the house; hence, the basement is the first place to be checked for the water sump pump.

Unplugging the Pump

The replacement process starts with the unplugging of the pump. Doing so is very important as it helps to avoid any mishaps or accidents.

Disconnecting the Plumbing Connection

The pump usually has a strong base which is completed by the plumbing connection located underneath. The plumbing connection is usually a plastic fitting, which includes a back-flow check flow. This particular connection has to be removed with the pump.

Disconnecting the Drain Line

The pump then has to be disconnected from the drain line. This connection is usually made of a rubber coupling, hose-clamp fastenings or a screw-together union. Such a connection can easily be undone.

Removing the Pump From the Pit

The pump then has to be removed from the pit by simply unplugging it from the outlet. Once that is done, the pump can be lifted from the sump pit.

Draining the Pump

After removing the pump, allow it to drain for some time so that any extra water inside the pump is fully removed.

Removing the Fittings/Piping

The water outlet usually has several plastic fittings or piping attached to it, which usually connects the pump to the drain line. They have to be removed carefully and kept aside safely to be used with the replacement pump.

Finding a Replacement

After the pump is removed, it should be taken to a local hardware store. One can easily find the perfect replacement pump; however, the new pump should be compatible with the same power source as the old one. It should offer similar pumping capabilities, as well as the same drain-line hookups.

Reattaching the Piping and Fittings

Once the replacement pump is ready for installation, reattach the piping/fittings in the same places as they were on the old pump.

Replacing the Pump

After everything is done, the pump has to be set inside the pit. Reconnect the plumbing and the drain line connection.

Testing the Pump

Once the pump is set, plug it into an electricity socket. The pump should then be tested by pouring some buckets of water into the pit.