Installing a sump pump – a few tips

Protecting your basement and house on a whole from moisture originating after rain or storm is very difficult. And if you live in a rainy zone, then you have to struggle to keep your house free from round the year moisture and accompanying dampness. To handle woes of homeowners of your kind, a sump pump is the best option. By installing a sump pump in your basement, you can have a complete control over moisture. But before you install a sump pump in your basement, focus on these tips.

Select the right location

Selecting the right location to install a sump pump is the key to the efficiency of this basement waterproofing system. The right location will be the deepest sections of your basement since the slope will make all the water to be collected in the basin before it is pumped out. So the right location is essential for eliminating every possibility of moisture setting in the basement and walls.


Drill additional holes

Sometimes due to uneven surface  the water flow to the basin is not proper and water may deposit here and there. In such cases the proper channels must be defined by digging or drilling to ensure that water does not get collected in any corner of the basement. This is especially true for sump pumps for basements.


Filter the water

A major problem faced by the users is that the basin gets clogged with dirt and silt after some months of installation. A proper filtration system must be added to the sump pump system so that the basin is free from any deposits.

Float valve functions properly

The float valve is the component responsible for initiating the pumping action. The float valve should not have hindered or obstructed movement as the water level rises in basin. Before plugging in the pump, a thorough examination must be done to ensure that the float valve moves smoothly as water accumulates in the basin and turns the pump on for the flushing out process.


Proper pipe joints

The discharge pipe system that takes away accumulated water in basin to the exterior of your home must be carefully fitted at all joints and curves. Any hole or gap in the connections of the pipe, as well as the holes in wall, will result in leakage and failure of sump pump. Fill all the small and big gaps.

These are the little tips to get a perfect sump pump installation. Though very common tricks, but believe me if you take care of these things, your sump pump system will be the greatest protection to add durability to your home. Stay safe next rainy season!