How to Install a Sump Pump Basin

A sump pump basin offers one of the simplest methods of collecting water that is draining out towards the underground water pipes area. The installation mainly requires you to place the sump pump basin in an appropriate position. Most nonprofessionals make a mistake in this context and make it seem a difficult job. However, a certain level of carefulness and the use of the right tools will let you go through the entire process with ease and minimum hassles.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Trowel
  • Shovel
  • Cement
  • Jackhammer
  • Slump Basin
  • Protective boots
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses

Step 1: Locate and Outline the Installation Area

The position of your sump pump basin needs critical thinking. In an area with a network of pipes and little space for maneuvering, an ideal position for the basin would be closer to the pipe network area. You need to carve out a portion on the floor in the decided location within the enclosure. You must check for freedom of movement around the sump pump area as the sump pump instruments take up a large space. Mark the enclosure accordingly. Use chalk material for better visibility. Keep more than a foot on all sides from the desired installation spot.

Step 2: Drill Holes with the Jackhammer

Use the jackhammer to carve out the floor along the chalk. This will cause considerable vibration, splinting off cement particles. This is why boots, gloves and sunglasses can be used to prevent injuries at the spot. Once you carve out the area, you can get the space open for installing the sump pump basin. Remove the chunks of cement from the installation area.

Step 3: Dig a Hole at the Center of the Carved Out Area

Once you have the installation area open, use the shovel to dig a hole at the center. Dig it big enough to allow the sump pump basin to sit. Let the digging go deep, although you will need to keep the basin jutting out by a few good inches from the floor level. This is because a layer will be added before putting the sump pump basin.

Step 4: Lay Gravel for Seating the Sump Pump Basin

Allow the gravel stones to settle underneath the installation hole. The gravel stone may take some time to settle. Keep putting in the gravel stone until it seems high enough to keep the sump pump basin top at a comfortable height off the floor. Insert the basin and check the height. Take the basin out.

Step 5: Redo the Floor

Use the cement to remake the carved out area. Use the dust on the floor to get the cavity closed until the perimeter of the sump pump basin and wait for the floor to dry up. It can take more than an hour on swampy days. Replace the sump pump basin and the pumping device with pipes in the cavity.

Remember never to flush your pump during the operation as it can make the experience very messy.