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Sump Pumps 101: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Basement Dry


If you're a homeowner, you know how important it is to keep your basement dry. And one of the best ways to do that is by installing a sump pump. But how do you go about it? In this blog post, we'll give you a step-by-step guide to sump pump installation.

Step 1: Choose the Right Sump Pump

The first step in sump pump installation is choosing the right pump. There are two types of sump pumps: pedestal and submersible. Pedestal pumps are cheaper and easier to maintain, but they're also louder and less efficient. Submersible pumps are more expensive, but they're quieter and more efficient. Choose the one that best fits your needs.

Step 2: Find the Right Location

The next step is finding the right location for your sump pump. It should be installed in the lowest part of your basement, preferably in a corner. Make sure the location is easily accessible and close to a power source.

Step 3: Dig the Sump Pit

Once you've found the right location, it's time to dig the sump pit. The pit should be at least 18 inches in diameter and 24 inches deep. Make sure it's deep enough to accommodate the pump and the discharge pipe.

Step 4: Install the Pump

Now it's time to install the pump. If you're installing a submersible pump, lower it into the pit and make sure it's level. If you're installing a pedestal pump, attach it to the base and lower it into the pit. Connect the discharge pipe to the pump and run it up and out of the pit.

Step 5: Install the Check Valve

The check valve is an important part of your sump pump system. It prevents water from flowing back into the pit after it's been pumped out. Install the check valve on the discharge pipe, as close to the pump as possible.

Step 6: Connect the Drain Tile

If you have drain tile in your basement, it's important to connect it to the sump pump system. This will help ensure that any water that enters your basement is directed to the sump pit and pumped out.

Step 7: Test the System

Once you've installed the sump pump system, it's important to test it. Pour water into the pit and make sure the pump turns on and pumps the water out. If everything works correctly, you're good to go!

If you're not comfortable installing a sump pump yourself, don't hesitate to call a professional. At Evergreen Plumbing & Mechanical LLC, we specialize in sump pump installation and can help you keep your basement dry and protected.

Contact us today for more information on an ideal sump pump system for your home!