How to Install A Sump Pump – A Step by Step Guide
If you have ever witnessed a flooded basement in your home due to power failure, you would know the importance of having a backup sump pump that runs on batteries and not dependent on electricity supply. Backup sump pumps are very important because they make use of 12-volt battery that keep the sump pump fully operational for long hours even where there is a power cut or no electricity.
This machine plays a very important role and can save you a lot of headaches especially if you live in a water lodged area and there is no guarantee of uninterrupted electricity supply.
Usually, it will cost you approximately $350 (including material and labor) to get a plumber to install a battery operated backup sump pump in your home. But if you are a little experienced, and have slight installation knowledge, you can do it at a lesser cost since you won’t be paying for installation. A good sump pump is sold for $220. This means that you will be able to save about 34% when you install the system by yourself.
There are some risks attached with do-it-yourself approaches
If you don’t allow a professional to install it and you don’t have much installation experience, you are likely going to face some difficulties when installing. Even when you successfully complete the installation, there might be errors or mistakes which might prove to be very costly over time. So, although you will be saving a lot of money when you decide to install the sump pump by yourself, getting a professional help will ensure that your system is properly installed.
A typical installation process of the sump pump involves several steps. If you are not very comfortable installing the system on your own, it is usually better to contact a professional who knows the job very well. The installation job involves cutting some plumbing parts of the main pump and gluing the new PVC pipe to the plumbing line, and connecting the backup pump with the primary pump. This is typically a difficult job if you don’t know your way around. But if you have experience with sump pump installation, it will be worthwhile to get it done yourself since you will be saving a lot of money in the process.
However, it will be best to leave the job for a plumbing contractor if the primary pump is designed with a steel pipe, which requires the expertise of working with steel piping.
Whichever way you go (whether installing it yourself or contracting a professional), you will sleep better knowing that your house and basement is protected from torrential rain.
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Things to note after installation
Try to make sure that the sump pump is checked once in every 3 months to ensure that it is working properly and remove any debris or dirt that might have collected at the base. You may even decide to check it once a month especially during periods of heavy rainfall when the sump pump is used more often.
Overall, knowing the actual cost of installing a backup sump pump can help you decide whether it is better to contact a plumbing professional or do the installation yourself.