How To Replace A Sump Pump

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Your home's sump pump works to keep water from flooding your basement during periods of heavy rainfall. If your sump pump isn't working properly, it raises the risk of excessive water damage and mold growth in your home, which are expensive problems that also carry a number of health risks. Thankfully, you can replace your damaged or malfunctioning sump pump fairly quickly using common household tools.

What You'll Need

Gather all of the tools and materials that you'll be using before you get started so that the project goes as quickly and smoothly as possible. You'll need a crosshead screwdriver, a pair of regular pliers, a level, a tubing cutter, plastic shims, and a replacement sump pump. All of these things are available at most hardware stores if you don't already have them at home.

Replacing the Sump Pump

First, unplug the sump pump from the power supply. Then, use the pliers to disconnect the discharge line that runs into the sump pump (check your owner's manual for instructions on how to do this, but as a general rule of thumb you simply turn the line counter clockwise – leftwards – with the pliers to disconnect it). Once the discharge line has been removed, you can take the old pump out of the sump.

Then, lower the new sump pump into the sump. Make sure that it's sitting flat using the level, and use the plastic shims to correct any imbalance that exists (ensure that you use plastic shims, not wooden ones, as wooden shims will rot or warp due to water exposure and cause your pump to fall over eventually).

Once the new pump sits level and securely in the sump, you can reconnect the discharge line to the pump. Again, your specific model of sump pump may have specific instructions, so check the owner's manual, but in general you can do this by simply using the pair of pliers to turn the discharge line clockwise (rightwards) into the new sump pump.

Next, connect the power supply of the new sump pump to turn it on. Check to ensure that it is working properly by filling the sump with water so that the new sump pump turns on. The water should be drained almost completely from the sump with no leaks out of the discharge line – if there are leaks, you should further tighten the line using your pliers and retest until it's fixed. 

If you feel you cannot do this on your own, contact a professional plumbing company, such as Reeves Plumbing & Heating.

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