How to Repair a Sump Pump Switch

What You'll Need
Metal file or utility knife
Check valve and couplings or adapters
Hacksaw or pipe cutter
Flathead screwdriver

A sump pump switch normally wears out and breaks down after years of use. Identifying a sump pump switch problem is easy, as long as the proper procedures are followed. Repairing a sump pump switch is also easy with proper guidance. The following steps will help anyone deal with a sump pump switch problem. The most important thing to do before repairing a sump pump switch is to diagnose exactly what the problem is. After that, either a repair or a new installation should be performed.

Step 1 - Check Valve Replacement

Part of repairing the sump pump switch is fixing the check valve. When installing or simply replacing a new check valve, it is important to procure a check valve that doesn’t have a smaller diameter than the drain pipe. The diameter should also not exceed any necessary adapters or couplings. A pipe cutter or a hacksaw can be used to cut out pipe parts and make room for the new check valves. A utility knife or metal file can be used to remove excess edges.

Step 2 - Removing Check Valve

When replacing a valve, it is important to get remove the check valve located within the adapter or flexible coupling. The steel strap holding the valve in place can be removed using a flathead screwdriver. Twist off the strap to remove it.

If the valve has been glued or welded together, it is better to use a hacksaw. Reversal is necessary when the valve is not properly installed. An allowance of 2-inches for each valve end is important.

Step 3 - New Valve Installation

The new valve installation needs one flexible coupling attached to the pipe that links one pump pipes to another. This part is also connected to the drain. The valve should be placed along the direction of the flow arrow which is against the direction of the pump. To install the new check valve, ensure that the coupling is placed over the pipe stubs. Tighten the straps when you are done.

Step 4 - Troubleshooting

In order to troubleshoot sump pump switch problems, you will need to find the location of the sump pump in the basement. Before fixing any part, it is best to unplug the pump to avoid accidents.

The drain line should be disconnected from the pump. The place where the connection normally appears is shaped like a rubber coupling and is joined together by a hose-clamp. Disconnecting these parts is easy to do.

After the pump removal from the pit, it should be left to drain. Any attachments or pipes that come with the pump should be removed. All of it will all be replaced during the repair. The sump pump switch and components that need replacing should be taken to a hardware store.

A sales associate can help recommended which replacement parts are the best. The replacements should then be reattached and the whole sump pump should be assembled together.To make sure that everything is done correctly, it may be best to consult a technician or expert.