Sump pump replacement is about as much fun as it sounds: that is to say, it’s not. There’s nothing glamorous about replacing a malfunctioning pump for run-off water. Unfortunately, it may be a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. On the bright side, what the task lacks in glamor and fun it sort of makes up for in terms of relative ease; replacing the sump pump is a fairly fast and simple job that you can do on your own with minimal effort and cost. Of course, as with any DIY job, it pays to do a little research before undertaking a sump pump replacement so that you can know what you’re getting into, so keep reading for some useful tips on how to replace a sump pump.
Tip 1: Cut the Juice
The first thing to remember is to unplug the sump pump before you do anything else, so as to avoid dangerous electric shock. Undo all and any electrical connections.
Tip 2: Buy Exactly the Same Sump Pump
You should try your best to replace your sump pump with the exact same model as the old one, so that you don’t need to worry about the compatibility of a new part with the rest of the system. To make sure you get exactly what you need, you may just want to bring in the entire old pump with you to the hardware store. Start by disconnected the old pump from the drain line by unfastening the clamp or screw fastenings, allowing the pump to drain and making sure to save all the fittings. Take them with you in a bag to the hardware store so that you can match the original pump to its exact model, or at least find a comparable model of the same size and with the same electric needs.
Tip 3: Test the Pump with Water
When you’ve brought the new pump home and have reconnected it to the water outlet opening and the drain line, you can test it to make sure that it works, and that there aren’t any leaks in the system. Simply plug it back in, and test the system by dumping water into the sump pit. Make sure to observe all the fastenings and connections to ensure that everything is water tight, to avoid any smelly, leaky surprises in the future.
Tip 4: Try Teflon Tape
To be doubly certain that all joints are water safe, try sealing the threads with some pipe joint compound or, even more conveniently, with some Teflon tape.
Tip 5: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
If something goes wrong at any point in the replacement process, or you suddenly realize that the problem with your sump system is more far reaching than just a minor problem with the pump itself, don’t be afraid to call in the big guns. Call a professional plumber as soon as you feel that you’re in over your head.