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What a Sump Pump does:
A sump pump is used to dewater basements and crawl spaces. There are six different types of sump pumps, each with advantages and disadvantages. Determine what you require from a sump pump and then decide on a specific type.

Sump Pump Installation Directions:

  • Before performing a sump pump installation, ALWAYS disconnect the pump from the power source before handling.
  • Clear any debris from pit and place the pump inside. A solid bottom is required to prevent dirt from clogging the pump.
  • Make sure the pump is centered so that it will not come into contact with the sides of the sump pit which might cause operational problems.
  • Pipe the sump pump discharge into the house drainage system, a dry well or a storm drain.
  • Install a swing type check valve on the discharge piping to prevent backflow of water into the sump pump.
  • Drill a relief hole in the discharge pipe to ensure that the pump will not “air lock”, which would allow the pump to run but not pump water.
  • Secure the pump cord to the discharge pipe.
  • Connect the pump to an electrical outlet. Run water into the sump to test it. Do not attempt to operate the pump without water.
  • Fill sump pump with water to the normal turn on level
  • After the sump pump installation is completed, you may wish to install a sump pump cover. This will help eliminate odors and keep debris from falling on top of the pump.

Sump Pump Installation - Should you do it yourself?
To avoid problems and dangerous situations related to sump pump installation, it is highly recommended that only technically qualified personnel install and/or repair sump pumps.

 


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