Replacing or repairing your Toronto sump pump is not necessarily the most glamorous task, but it might be a very necessary one. As with any DIY task, it is important to be aware of what you are doing beforehand and if you feel uncomfortable, you are far better off letting trained professionals handle your sump pump installation or sump pump repair for you.
How to install your sump pump
It typically takes about a half hour to install your sump pump, and you can even use common household tools to do so. You will first need to gather a few essential materials and select a new pump. Remember that there are several different configurations for sump pumps, meaning that you need to find the one that is best for your situation.
Items you are going to need:
- Screwdriver and other hand tools
- Drill with 1/8” (2mm) drill bit
- Electricians tape or zip ties
- PVC glue
- PVC pipe
- Sump pump
- Pre-installed dedicated 15-amp outlet
- Pre-installed sump basin
First step – Drill the relief hole
You will need to drill a relief hole 1/8” (2mm) into the discharge pipe. About 1 inch (25 mm) above where it attaches to the pump flange. This is going to prolong the life of the pump motor by preventing air locks.
Second step – Place the pump
First things first, you want to try to place the pump on a level solid base (think cement bricks for example). The reason for it is that you want to minimize drawing debris or sand into the pump as much as possible. Clean out the sump basin and place the pump inside. You want to make sure that the pump components do not touch the side of the basin, this is especially true for the float switch.
Third step – Connect the sump pump to the drains
Use a PVC pipe and a check valve (one-way non-return valve) to connect your pump discharge into the sump drainage system. This is going to ensure that your basin is not going to experience much backflow.
Fourth step – Connect to power and test system
Zip-tie or tape the pump cord to the discharge pipe. Make sure that you power your Toronto sump pump and then run water through it to test it. You need to make sure to add enough water that the sump pump would normally activate. DO NOT run the pump without any water, because the motor will seize up and overheat.