Replacing a sump pump is a pretty straightforward process, but there are a few things you need to take into account before getting started.
The first thing you’ll want to do is determine if your existing pump can be repaired or replaced. If the pump isn’t working at all, however, then you’ll need to get a new one installed.
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You’ll need some tools before you start replacing them. You’ll need an adjustable wrench for turning the bolts on the pump housing, a screwdriver for loosening/tightening the screws holding the cover plate onto the housing, and a pair of pliers for removing the old pump.
The first thing you’ll disconnect is any electrical cables connected to the pump. This includes power cords, wires used to connect the motor to the pump, and anything else that might be attached to the pump.
Then remove the cover plate by unscrewing the screws holding it on.
Next, disconnect the PVC pipe leading from the pump. These include the pipes that lead from the discharge pipe to the drain line. Disconnect these pipes using a pair of pliers, and then use the screwdriver to loosen the nuts that hold the pipes together.
Finally, remove the old pump by lifting the entire assembly out of the pit.
The next step is to install the new pump.
If you plan on installing a new pump, you’ll need to install the new unit in place of the old one.
To do this, set the new pump down in its final position, and then tighten the bolts holding the pump housing together. Tighten each bolt until they’re snug, but not too tight. It’s important that the bolts aren’t over-tightened, because this could damage the threads on the pump housing.
Now you need to connect the new PVC pipe to the sump pump. Take measurements of the old pipe so that you can cut it down to the same length and connect it to the newly installed sump pump.
Then connect the discharge pipe to the new pump. Use the adjustable wrench to tighten the nut holding the discharge pipe into the pump.
Now that you’ve tightened the bolts, you’ll want to put the cover back on the pump. Screw the screws holding the cover onto the pump housing, making sure that they’re nice and tight.
Once all of the connections have been made, turn on the pump. You’ll want to run some water through the system to make sure that everything works properly.
After running the water for a few minutes, shut off the main valve at the top of the pit.
If the water flows smoothly, you’re done!
Congratulations, you’ve successfully replaced your old sump pump.
If you don’t feel comfortable replacing the pump yourself, we recommend calling an expert.
A professional will know exactly what to look for when inspecting the pump, and he or she will also be able to tell if any repairs need to be made before the pump can be used again.
How long does it take to remove an old sump pump?
Depending on how complicated the installation is, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours to remove an old sump pump and install a new one.
Always be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before starting the installation process.
Are there any safety precautions I should take?
Always make sure to shut off the electricity before working with tools around a sump pump.
Be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves when working with tools and around a sump pit. Finally, be sure to cover any exposed flooring before starting work.
How often do I need to replace my sump pump?
Sump pumps generally last between five and ten years. If you notice any problems with your sump pump, call an expert immediately to avoid flooded basements!
Can I replace my own sump pump?
Yes, you can replace your own sump pump if you have the correct safety precautions in place and are familiar with handling power tools.
If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, consider hiring a professional to do the job for you.
What’s the best way to dispose of an old sump pump?
If your old sump pump is still in good condition, you may be able to find a used pump dealer who will buy it from you. Otherwise, a scrap metal recycling company may be able to take it off your hands.
Before going this route, however, check with local laws and regulations to see whether or not you can responsibly get rid of an old sump pump.