Sump Pump Selection: Things To Know

A Quick Look At How You Replace A Sump Pump

If your sump pump isn't working and water is leaking on the floor, call in a plumber to check the pump to see if it can be repaired. If the pump can't be repaired, or if it is old, the plumber may say it's time to replace the sump pump. Here's a quick look at how that's done.

Choose Your New Pump

You may need advice from a plumber when choosing a new sump pump. You might want the same brand as your old pump if it worked just as needed. However, your plumber can offer advice on a better pump if your old one couldn't keep up.

Plus, you may want the same type. For instance, if you have a submersible pump now, you may want a new submersible pump because it would be easier to swap out the pump and use the same old parts. Also, consider if you need upgrades, such as a battery backup pump or a pit lid that keeps out bugs and debris.

When you replace the sump pump, the new one should last for several years, so you want one that will last a long time and that suits your needs perfectly.

Replace The Old Sump Pump

To take out the old pump, the plumber has to unplug the pump and disconnect the pipe from the top. Then the plumber simply pulls the pump out of the basin. The same basin, lid, and pipe can be attached to the new sump pump. If the pump is the same model as the old one, the plumber may not even need to shorten or lengthen the pipe.

Test The New Pump

The plumber wants to test the new pump, and you'll also want the plumber to show you how to test it if you don't already know. Once the pump is in the basin, attached to the pipe, and plugged in, the plumber fills the basin with water. When the water is high enough, the pump should kick on and start pumping out water. When the water level drops, the pump should shut off. If the pump isn't triggered to shut on or off by the water level, then something is wrong that needs to be fixed so the sump pump operates properly.

It's not too difficult to replace a sump pump. The plumber just has to be careful about working around water and electricity. If you choose a different style or model of pump, there may be more work involved, but even so, installing a sump pump is a routine job for a plumber.