Installing a sump pump can be really challenging if your existing house doesn’t have the sump basin installed. But if you are simply replacing or upgrading your sump pump, installation should take no more than 10 minutes.
Replacing or Upgrading an Existing Sump Pump
When replacing a broken sump pump, unplug the sump pump and pull it out. It shouldn’t be screwed down to the floor. If it is screwed down, just unscrew it using a screwdriver. The most important step in this installation is unplugging the sump pump before you do anything else. Otherwise, you are exposed to potential electric shock.
When your sump pump is completely pulled out from the sump basin, place a new sump pump and plug-in. Check and see if it works before you place it in the basin.
Sump Pump Installation from Scratch
Installing a sump pump from scratch requires many tools and skills since you will be digging, piping, and heavy lifting. If you are installing a sump pump in your basement, you need to break the concrete floor and dig a hole for the sump basin. When it is installed, you need to connect an exhaust pipe as well.
I recommend that you hire a professional plumber or handyman for sump pump installation if you need to install it from scratch. If you really want to do it yourself, watch the following video that explains how to install a sump pump. The video is from the “This Old House” website. Check it out.