When a big rainstorm arrives, many homeowners run to their basements. They stand with shop vac in hand, waiting for the rain to come seeping into the area. If they installed a sump pump, they could spend this time relaxing on the couch. The pump runs water away from the home, keeping it from entering the basement.
You will need:
• Sump pump
• PVC pipe
• Pipe fittings
• Silicone sealant
• Check valve
• 1 ½ x3-inch increaser
• Wire ties
• Pressurized fittings
• Corrugated pipe
• J hooks
• Drill bits
• Electric drill
• Pipe cutter
Step 1: Identify a location where water collects that is near a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet or have an electrician install this outlet in the proper area.
Step 2: Dig a hole that is ten inches wider and six inches deeper than the sump container. Fill the bottom of this hole with three inches of gravel and put the sump into the hole.
Step 3: Stand inside the sump and pour in more gravel around it, leaving the top one or two inches of the sump exposed.
Step 4: With the cement, glue the male adapter fitting to a PVC pipe used for water discharge. Put the female adapter onto the pump. Put a ¼-inch bit on the drill and drill a hole in the discharge pipe about six inches above the sump pump. This is a weep hole and it allows water to flow back to the pump to keep it primed when it is not operating.
Step 5: Using the wire ties, attach the electrical cord for the pump to the discharge pipe. Install the check value onto the open end of the pipe. Make sure this valve is designed for vertical operation.
Step 6: Put the pump into the sump hole.
Step 7: Use 1 ½-inch PVC pipe and pressurized fittings to channel water emitted from the pump away from the home.
Step 8: Hang the pipe from the ceiling joists with the J hooks.
Step 9: Make a hole through an outside wall for the PVC pipe to run through. Use a hammer to create this hole in a block wall. A rotary hammer can break through a brick wall.
Step 10: Apply the silicone sealant around the area where the pipe protrudes from the house. Complete all pipe connections required to run water four feet or more away from the home.
Step 11: To spread the water flow, attach the increaser to the end of this pipe. Attach the corrugated pipe to this PVC pipe.
Step 12: Pour gravel around the corrugated pipe to secure it.
Step 13: Plug in the sump pump and place the cover over the sump hole.