If your home does not currently have a sump pump, you can easily install one in your home this summer. Here are the basic steps that are required for installing a sump pump.
#1 Determine Where To Put It
The first thing you need to do is determine where you want your sump pump to go in your home. Ideally, you want your sump pump to enter into the lowest part of your basement and be located near both an outside wall and a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet. It should also be near where your utility, water and sewer lines all enter into your basement.
#2 Figure Out Where The Pipe Will Go
Second, you need to figure out exactly where the pipe will go for your sump pump will be routed. You need a place for the pipe to go outside of your home as well.
#3 Purchase A Sump Pump & Liner
Third, you need to purchase a sump pump and liner. It is best to purchase them to go together so that you can get a sump pump and liner to match each other. Remember, the size of the liner that you choose needs to correspond to the size of size of the hole that you are able to dig in your basement for your sump pump.
#4 Dig The Hole
Fourth, you need to actually dig the hole in your basement. Make sure that you dig it to the specifications of the liner and pump that you purchased. You are going to want to add a couple inches to the width and depth of your hole. If you have a dirt basement, this should be an easy task. If you have a concrete finished basement, you are going to need to rent a jackhammer to cut through the concrete before you dig the hole. You are going to want to use a leveler to make sure that the hole is even.
#5 Line The Pond
Fifth, once you dig the hole, you are going to put a layer of gravel across the bottom of the hole. Then, you are going to want to put the liner in the hole or pond. After you put the liner in the hole, put gravel around the outside edges between the liner and the hole.
#6 Set Up The Piping
Take the discharge pipe and add it to the pump. You are going to want to connect it to the appropriate outlet and make sure that it is set up right. When you are sure that it is set up correctly, use piping cement to seal the pipe into place. Make sure that you drill a small vent hole into the piping that drains over the pit that you dug but is out of the water. Then, you are going to want to place the pump inside of the liner.
#7 Caulk The Hole
Finally, put caulking around all the pipes and around any holes in the pump. You want to have a good seal on everything.
#8 Adjust The Float Value
Make sure that you check the float valve on the pump and add water to make sure that it is at the right level.
This is a complex job that should be attempted by someone with at least basic experience with plumbing. To learn more, contact a company like Rite-Way Waterproofing.