Usually, sump pump installations are done as a new home or building is built whenever they are needed. This isn’t always the case. In some buildings, sump pumps were not needed originally, but now they are as the ground around and below us changes. Sump pump installations can be difficult or hard, but overall they are pretty simple.
If you’re trying out a sump pump installation in a basement where there has never been one before, it is going to be a bit more difficult. You are going to need to break into the ground, which often means going through concrete foundation. Typically, the hardest part is just breaking the concrete. You probably want to check the blueprints for your building though, making sure there is nothing running below that floor. It’s unlikely that there is, but there is that chance. Better to be safe than sorry.
Typically, sump pump installations will require an area around four to six feet in diameter, with a hole about 30 inches deep. In some sump pump installations, you may go deeper, but thirty inches is the standard acceptable depth. You’ll then line the whole with gravel and plastic. You’ll have that plastic pit liner with it perforated near the top, which allows water to fill in the hole. The pit liner will be held in place with the gravel, and you will then lay down concrete again. To finish the floor with the newly installed sump pump hole.
Of course, that’s just the preparation for sump pump installations. Once that is done, you’re going to need to actually install the sump pump. You should have a discharge line for the sump pump, which will typically run into a sewer line. Some sump pump installations push the water out back, into a local water supply or down a hill, but this isn’t ideal. You’ll run PVC plumbing from the discharge port on the sump pump to the sewer lines.
Be sure you have an electrical outlet nearby. It would be wise to use a GFC electrical outlet or grounded circuit to handle the connection to a sump pump. As part of the sump pump installation, you’ll attach a riser to the assembly, so you can be sure to wrap electrical tape around it to keep the power cords out of the water.
Once the sump pump installation is almost complete with the sump pump at the bottom of the pit, check the level and make sure the float lever has clearance by at least a couple inches on all sides, so it can move freely. Now, a lot of people forget this next step. They don’t think it’s important. The fact is, it avoids injury and accident, especially if you have children or pets. Put the lid cover on over that sump pump. This will also help keep debris from getting into the pit and interfering with the sump pump’s performance.
For help with getting a sump pump installed in your business or home, please contact us at Crystal Lake Plumber.