Sump Pump Drain Installation

What You'll Need
Caulking machine/gun
Level checker
Polyvinyl chloride pipes
Hand gloves
Eye protection glasses
Electrical drill machine
Hack saw
Sump pump
Sump liner

Any home situated in a hilly or plain terrain where it snows or rains heavily with water running off very slowly, it is a common problem to have wet or flooded basements making it imperative for the owner to install sump pump drain system. A sump is a simple pit in the basement floor, which fills up with the basement water and the sump pump flushes or directs out the water from your home.

Step 1 – Location Search

Use the level checker to choose the lowest position in the basement, away from the sewage, water and other utility ducts entering the home. Avoid these to prevent any damage to them while digging up the sump pit. Strategically choose a spot close to an exterior wall with an electrical socket.

Step 2 – Mark Route for Discharge Pipe

Make an appropriate route for the discharge pipe of the sump pump to outside of the basement.  

Step 3 – Dig Sump Pit

Mark the outside boundary of the sump liner on the floor where sump pit is to be made. Dig using jackhammer around this liner boundary, up to the recommended depth of the sump pump. See guidelines on the manual for exact depth. Level the bottom of the sump pit. Throw the rubble.

Step 4 – Install Sump Liner

Fit the liner into the pit and use a trowel to seal it with concrete to level with the floor.

Step 5 – Prepare Sump Pump

Fit in the discharge pipe in to the sump pump and place the pump into pit. Check for level with level checker. Make adjustments if required using plastic wedges.

Step 6 – Run Discharge Pipe

Make a hole on the rim of liner or on the joist of the header. Push in the discharge pipe into this hole. Run the polyvinyl chloride pipe length through this hole so that about 6 inches is outside the house and about just 4 to 5 inches inside the basement.

Step 7 – Cut and Fit PVC Pipe

Now measure the length of the PVC pipe used in the complete drain system. Cut it and attach to the discharge pipe. Initially dry fit the pipes and check for leakages. Later seal the joint with cement.

Step 8 – Attach Diverter to Discharge Pipe

Use some more pipe on the outlet of discharge pipe to ensure water is discharged at least 10 to 12 feet from your home’s foundation. This attachment is often called diverter. Caulk the discharge pipe with caulking gun. Seal the joint between the two pipes using cement or high quality tape.

Step 9 – Check Sump Pump

Pour about 6 to 7 buckets of water into the pit. Plug in the sump pump into the electrical socket and start. Read the manufacturer’s guidelines to adjust float valves on the pump. See if the sump pump is draining the water out properly.