Replace a Sump Pump Float

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  • 3-6 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 30-60
What You'll Need
Safety goggles
Screw driver
Replacement pump float

Being able to replace a sump pump float is a useful skill that can come in handy if you prefer to do your repairs around the house yourself. Changing a sump pump float does not necessarily require practice or even professional servicing. For that matter, all you need is a concise set of directions and some basic tools, such as a set of screwdrivers and groove joint pliers. The following step-by-step instructions will take you through the process of replacing the sump pump float.

Step 1 - Identify the Problem

Identify the degree of the problem. If only the sump pump float needs to be replaced, you can do it yourself. If the main plumbing system is malfunctioning, you may need to hire a plumber.

Step 2 - Take Safety Precautions

Before you begin the process, remove the sump pump from the electric socket to avoid injury. Elementary principles of safety must be adhered to when you undertake any repair work around the house and avoiding electrical shock is one of them.

Step 3 - Remove from Drain Line

The sump pump is attached to the house’s drain line. You will need to detach it from the drain line before you can fix the problem. Rubber couplings and fasteners in the form of hose clamps or a clasp that screws are used to hold the two lines together. Both types of fastenings can be removed easily.

Step 4 - Dry Sump Pump and Remove Small Fixtures

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Once you have detached the sump pump from the drain line, remove it from the pit and leave it to dry. While the pump is drying, examine the area where it is fitted into the drain pipe.

Many pumps have fittings, fasteners, and pipes attached to the outlet from which the water travels, as well as along the path where the drain line travels and the opening at which the pump is attached.

These small fixtures must be removed and reattached when a new pump float is installed. Remove them carefully and place them somewhere safe.

Step 5 - Pick a Compatible New Sump Pump

When you buy a new pump float, make sure it is compatible with your existing system. Ask a plumbing expert to help you pick a new piece and make sure it is one that can be fixed onto your drain system without any problems. The new piece should also be compatible with your current power system and should be able to work on your standard supply of electric power.

Step 6 - Reattach Fixtures

Once you have set the new pump float in place, replace the piping, fasteners, and other external pieces in exactly the same fashion that they were originally affixed.

Step 7 - Test

Wire the new pump to the supply. Fill the sump pit with some water and power it as a test. Ensure that the fittings are fastened properly and exactly as they were before to prevent leaks.

Changing a sump pump isn't all that difficult if you follow these instructions.