Do it yourself! .. How to replace a sump pump

Sump Pump Plumber

How to replace a sump pump. ..Have you had the opportunity to need a plumber and an electrician at the same time just to do an easy job that doesn’t take more than thirty minutes?

In practice most of the work at home requires little time, few tools and little specialized knowledge, which means that at the end of the year you will save an appreciable amount of money that you can devote to whatever you want.

There is a high probability that you have a sump pump in your basement, and how we have written previously these devices need periodic maintenance to work properly and not give you headaches at the most crucial and necessary time.

Ideally, you should realize that you have a sump pump that you should pay attention to before it breaks down, unlike most people who address the problem correctively rather than preventively.

If you are of this last type of person, it is likely that every time you remember your sump pump you will have two options or both:

  • Your basement is flooded and you can tell by the large amount of humidity you feel in your home.
  • Instead of doing the proper basic maintenance and extending the life of your sump pump for years, you will have to replace it and spend money that you do not want to spend unless it is an emergency.

Now, if you need to replace your sump pump because there is no other option to solve your situation we will tell you how to do it in thirty minutes, as long as you know what you are doing, you will save a lot of money.

Before attempting to replace the sump pump in the event that you believe it should be replaced because it has stopped working, perform these checks first:

  • Is there any notable blockage?
  • Is the sump pump disconnected?
  • Is there any pipe disconnected?
  • Is there a problem with the diaphragm switch?

If you answer No to these questions, then you may need to replace your sump pump, make sure it has the same configuration, horsepower and voltage as the pump you are replacing.

Before starting you will need at least the following list of tools and supplies:

  • Measuring tape
  • Pipe wrench
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hand saw
  • Sufficient PVC pipe, at least 1 tube
  • PVC pipe glue
  • Hose clamps
  • Retention valve

Procedure to replace your sump pump:

Step 1: Security and disconnection.

1.1. – Unplug your sump pump from the mains.
1.2.- Disconnect the sump pump from the drain line.
1.3.- Disconnect the pump or unscrew it (depending on the model) from the drain line by loosening the clamps that hold the check valve in the discharge, and then remove the valve.

Step 2: Remove the sump pump

2.1.- By sliding the lid of the well up and to the side you can see the sump pump where it is placed.

2.2.- Taking the discharge pipe that protrudes from the well by removing the sump pump, set it aside until the waste water drains.

 2.3.- Check now if any pipe is still connected and proceed as appropriate to disconnect the rest, leave everything aside and in an order that you can remember and then rearm in the reverse process to which you are following to disassemble.

2.4.- If by chance the pump to be replaced is of the solid type, you may have to cut the pipe and then reconnect it with glue.

 3. Find a new pump

3.1.- You must now choose a new sump pump, right here you have options that you can look at without having to go to a local store.
3.2.- Look at the data plate of your pump and compare it with the ones we have published here, in any case it should always be the same or of greater capacity.

4.- Buy a new sump

4.- Take the pump with you to your local plumping or hardware supply store and let it help you choose a replacement pump that requires the same power source and the same drain pipe connections and plumbing capabilities as your pump previous.

5.- Install your new pump

5.1.- You will have made your choice and bought your new pump, but first use a liquid vacuum to completely dry the well, remove any small debris and evaluate any possible damage to the structure.
5.2.- Unpack your pump and read the manual, compare the functions with the current pump and if there is anything additional that the manufacturer recommends, take note.

5.3.- If you must replace the pipe in any section, use the tools described at the beginning.

5.4.- Set your pump in the same position as the previous one and start connecting it, remember to give the float ease of movement, previously we talked about the types of floats to use.
5.5.- Reconnect everything else in an inverse process to the initial one.

Test your pump … if something fails, check each point of the guide ..