Sump pump installation
A sump pump is used to pump out excess water that would have led to flooding from the underground. They are in the basement of houses. Most times, they are connected to the home’s electrical system while some come with a battery alternative.
From every indication, sump pumps are not placed in houses for fancy. They serve important purposes such as keeping the basement dry, stabilizing the soil and the building and preventing mildews and molds from forming in and around the building. Some sump pumps also notify homeowners when the water level in the basement is dangerously high.
Here we will be talking about all you need to know about sump pump installation, the various models of sump pump, DIY sump pump installation, and the cost of sump pump installation by professionals.
- Sump pump installation
- Part 1: Proper sump pump installation
- Sump pump installation in the basement or crawl space
- Tools and materials for installing the sump pump include:
- How to install a sump pump in your crawl space?
- Sump pump installation questions
- • Question: How regularly do I need to service my sump pumps?
- • Question: Should I drill holes in my sump pump basin?
- • Question: What is the right pump size for my house?
- • Question: Is it okay to replace my 1/3 HP sump pump with a ½ sump pump?
- • Question: Do sump pumps have filters and how often do they need to be cleaned?
- • Question: Where should I run the pump drainage hose?
- • Questions: Do I need a backup sump pump?
- Part 2: various models of sump pumps
- 1. Primary sump pumps
- 2. Battery backup sump pumps
- 3. Water- powered sump pumps
- 4. Combination sump pumps
- 5. Floor- sucker sump pump systems
- Sump pump backup installation
- Sump pump installation with battery backup
- Part 3: Do it yourself (DIY) sump pump installation
- Equipment and materials you will need for your sump pump installation
- DIY pump maintenance and repair guide
- Part 4: hiring a professional plumber for your sump pump installation
- Reasons why you will need professional hands to help you install your sump pump.
- Cost of sump pump installation
- Sump pump backup installation cost
- • The installation process
- • The size of the sump basin
- Sump pump basement cost
Part 1: Proper sump pump installation
Sump pump installation instructions (things you should know)
Before we delve fully into the sump pump installation procedures or steps, let’s talk about some things you should know before installing your sump pumps and the ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ of sump pump installation.
- Once you install the sump pump, it cannot be revoked. That is to say; it is a permanent structure. Holes are dug into the base of the floor to install them. For this reason, you should give it seriously thought before choosing a location for its installation. While checking out the location, also have it in mind that this device makes much noise when it is running.
- Don’t say you do not need this device because your house area is not prone to flooding. Sump pumps are good and of benefit to any environment unless your area is arid.
- Learn some basics of the sump pump system. While sump pump installation may seem complicated, having some idea about how it works may be helpful. Knowledge of this would help you choose the system that would work best for you, as there are different types or models of sump pumps.
- You might need to talk to a sump pump expert. As a home owner, you might not know the potential flooding hazards in your house is exposed to until you talk to a professional in the field. Learning about the potential risks of slum pump on time could help you prevent a future disaster.
- The saying ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ is also applicable to sump pumps. The sump pump should be installed in such a way as to permit irrigation, but obstruct dirt and inhibit the accumulation of debris. The sump pump should be of the right size, and the bottom of the pump’s pit should be cleaned too. A weep hole should be installed beneath the check valve as a preventive measure against lockouts.
- Some house owners connect the sump pump in such a way that it drains directly into road-paths or streets. That is very wrong. Use a pipe to remove it away from essential structures and the sump pump basin should come with a lid that is bolted down.
- The sump pump is not meant for draining the utility sink or washing machine; therefore you shouldn’t connect them to the sump pump. Use the clean drain line instead, soap and lint damage the pump.
Sump pump installation in the basement or crawl space
The house basement is that part of the building that is below the ground level. A crawl space, on the other hand, is a narrow slot or opening beneath the bottom of a building for wires, pipes, and utilities. Both are used most times the interchangeable sump pump keeps your basement and crawl space dry even in a very wet season. Depending on the type of sump pump, it is usually installed a little above or just below the basement floor. It works by draining water that collects into it, away from home. Before now, they were connected to flow into sewers, but recently it is advised to channeled to an empty well or an area outside residential buildings. Electricity or a battery alternative and functions even in the absence of a power supply. As a homeowner, you may choose to install a sump pump system: two or more sump pumps with probably one that runs on the battery as an alternative during emergencies.
Tools and materials for installing the sump pump include:
- Sump pump
- Sump basin
- Sump basin lid
- Drain tile pipe
- Check valve
- PVC DWV pipe
- Rock or gravel aggregates
- Hoes, shovels, and rakes for digging
- A hole saw
- Buckets for removing dirt
- A drill hammer
- Pin fasteners
- Other hand tools
How to install a sump pump in your crawl space?
- Gather all the tools you will need and keep them ready and close by
- Get the crawl space ready as well by getting rid of debris, dirt, and trash.
- Survey the crawl space and determine the best place to locate the sump basin. It is recommended to install it at the lowest level of the crawl space because that is where the water is very much likely to accumulate. It should also be located at a place where it will be easily accessible.
- If you plan to use a drain tile pipe, then you should make plans for it. It would help drain water from even the inaccessible areas faster into the sump basin.
- You should dig a hole and trenches for the sump basin and the drain tile, respectively in preparation for their installation. Dig the channels to be a bit larger in size to make for aggregate beds under and around the basin. When done with digging the sump basin pit, you can then dig trenches parallel to the foundation wall for your drain tile.
- Your drain tile pipe should have access into your sump basin. So if your sump basin doesn’t have access holes, create one yourself. You can also drill holes in the bottom or sides of the sump basin so that it can retain water even when the water level gets below the basin level.
- Once done with the preparations install the sump pump and drain tile. Cover with gravel once the drain tile pipe is successfully passed into the sump basin. Then clean the sump basin to remove any aggregate that might have found its way into it.
- The next step is to install the sump pump. Submersible sump pumps are the most commonly used type of sump pumps. Have it sit in the sump basin. It is meant to eject the accumulated water as they enter the sump basin. Some of them are activated to pump out water only when the float switch is triggered. That is to say; they will not pump until the water gets to a certain level in the sump basin. The sump pump doesn’t have to be attached to the pool as its weight, and the drain tile attachments will keep it in place.
- Attach a cover to the sump basin with the discharge- plumbing stub passing through it. Have the discharge stub attached to the check valve and the combination union to prevent the backflow of water into the sump. Pass the power cord for connection to a power supply from the sump basin through its cover. Also, secure the sump cover with its seal or using bolts and screws.
- Install vented plumbing in a way that it passes through the sump basin cover and vents the sump basin to the air outside. Run both the discharge pipe and the vent pipe from the location of your choice to the outside of the house.
- Pass all plumbing to the outside of the crawl space. To do this, use the proper tools to drill holes through the rim joist. You can go ahead and attach a PVC guard to the vent and a right angle hose to the discharge plumbing. It would be wise to create an external drainage system where you will channel water from both the rain gutters and the crawl space.
- Of course, the sump pump cannot function without a source of power; hence, the last but crucial step is to connect it to a power supply. Each pump comes with a different requirement, check for yourself. You can even use the circuit you created to power a utility light for your crawl space.
Sump pump installation questions
Sump pumps may look like an insignificant structure in the house, especially for those living in the dry areas, but for those living in flood-prone areas, or in places that it rains or snows much; it indeed is a life saver.
Here we compiled a list of some commonly asked questions concerning sump pumps and their installations. In case you need quick responses to your questions, answers are attached as well for your convenience.
• Question: How regularly do I need to service my sump pumps?
Answer: The first maintenance practice for sump pumps is to keep the area clean and free of debris. Depending on the type of pump, you might need to be lubricating the pumps regularly. If there is a construction intended to be launched in that area, ensure that your pumps are protected.
• Question: Should I drill holes in my sump pump basin?
Answer: Drilling holes in the sides and bottom of your sump basin is not a bad idea as this will permit more water to enter the pool and furthermore prevent the bowl from floating up. You should, however, take caution when drilling the holes so that the size of the holes is not more significant than the size of the gravel used to fill up the spaces around the basin.
• Question: What is the right pump size for my house?
Answer: There is no best, standard or correct pump size. It is all dependent on the drainage area connected to the sump, the depth of the basement and other factors that may come into play. All these would determine the suitable sump horsepower you should settle for a 1/3 power seems to suit most houses, even though a ½horsepower doesn’t look to cost that much anymore.
• Question: Is it okay to replace my 1/3 HP sump pump with a ½ sump pump?
Answer: This is dependent on the volume of water the pump is meant to pump out. A ½ horsepower is more potent than a 1/3, and if used in the same or similar scenario, a ½ power will pump a more significant amount of water and lift it higher than a 1/3 strength would.
Replacing a 1/3 HP with a ½ HP may not cause any problems but when water does not drain much into the sump, or it is relatively slow, then using this larger pump would be waste resources. If on the other hand, the inflow of water is speedy, a ½ HP pump would be the better option.
• Question: Do sump pumps have filters and how often do they need to be cleaned?
Answer: No, sump pumps do not filters attached to them, but they do have small openings and screens from where water flows into the pump. These openings should not be allowed to clog.
• Question: Where should I run the pump drainage hose?
Answer: The essence of the discharge pipe or hose is to channel the water away from your house, but not to your neighbor’s home or other notable structures around the house. It should be discharged at least 20 feet away from the house and away from neighbors’ houses as well. It could be channeled into empty wells away from home.
• Questions: Do I need a backup sump pump?
Answer: A good number of people do need a backup just in case the principal or original sump pump defaults. A backup pump provides some security during flooding events.
There are different options to choose for, your backup pump. You can decide to go for the electric- powered, the battery- powered or even the water- powered. The float for the backup pump should be placed above the turn-on location of the first sump float so that if there is a failure of the primary sump pump, the water level will rise and activate the backup pump to turn on.
Part 2: various models of sump pumps
There are different types of sump pumps varying in function and feature. Let’s review the common types of sumps and some of their models.
1. Primary sump pumps
They are the conventional sump pumps we use for pumping excess water out of the house basement. They can pump out thousands of gallons of water per hour to keep your home safe from the flood. They are of two main types:
- Pedestal sump pumps- this type is placed above the sump basin in a way that its motor is away from the water. This position is a better option when the sump basin is narrower and deeper, making room for the sump base and not it’s motor to be submerged in water.
- Submersible sump pumps- unlike the pedestal, the submersible are placed under the water in the sump basin. They are usually more efficient and don’t make as much noise as the pedestal. They are also more durable and more comfortable to handle than the foundation. For this reason, homeowners do prefer it.
These sump pumps are defined by the type of materials they are made from. Some are made of plastic while some of the cast iron or stainless steel. Some models of pedestal and submersible sump pumps include:
- ¼ HP cast iron sump pump (240- series)
- 1/3 HP poly/cast iron sump pump (S30- series)
- 1/3 HP sumps pump (230- series)
- ½ HP high temp pump (HT450- series)
- 4/10 HP high temp pump (HT40- series)
- ¼ HP thermoplastic submersible pump (superior pump 91250)
- ¾ HP submersible cast iron and stainless steel pump (WAYNE CDU980E)
- 1/3 HP mighty-mate submersible pump (Zoeller M53)
- 1/3 HP pedestal sump pump (Flotec FPPM3600D)
2. Battery backup sump pumps
These provide an alternative when the primary source of power supply for the sump pump is out. They only function when the electricity is off, thereby providing the home with maximum protection from flooding. Some recent models even come with an alert system that notifies homeowners of an impending failure. They provide up to 10 hours of pumping service at a time with their price ranging from €500 – €1,000.
3. Water- powered sump pumps
They are installed above the sump pit, and their major feature is that instead of being powered by electricity as the traditional sump pumps, they are powered by water supply. The pressure generated from a source of water gives it its pumping ability. They have a long lifespan even though they have a low pumping capacity.
4. Combination sump pumps
They are a combination of either primary sump pumps or a backup sump pump that is powered by a battery. They all work as one unit to better serve the homeowners, offering maximum protection from flooding of the home. Aside from serving as an alternative when the primary sump pump is out the backup sump pump also lends a helping hand to the prime sump pump when the amount of water entering the sump pit is too much for it to handle.
5. Floor- sucker sump pump systems
This system works as a remedial rather than a preventive measure: they come on only after the basement has been flooded. They usually serve as an emergency pump to drain off water from the floor before the installation of a better pumping system. Sump pump contractors commonly use it.
Sump pump backup installation
You sure need a backup plan if you live in an area that is prone to flooding. With the primary sump pump already installed, installing a backup would not be much of an issue. Here are some guidelines.
- Choose the backup sump pump type of your choice. There are two main types; the water- powered and the electricity- powered. You need a basic knowledge of the two to know the one that best suits your needs. Just like their name, they are operated by water pressure and electricity respectively.
- Connect the backup pump to the same discharge pipe used by your primary sump pump. You either connect the electric pump to a source of power or the water pump to the in-house water pipe using PVC.
- Go ahead and connect your pump suction pipe.
- Connect a discharge pipe from your backup sump pump to that of the primary sump pump.
- Test your pump to make sure that the sources of power are stable and that the pipe connections are not leaking.
Sump pump installation with battery backup
Battery powered- sump pump is another good alternative to electricity and water- powered sump pumps. Even though they cannot pump large volumes of water, they still offer reasonable service to homeowners as they can hold out to up to 8 hours. To install the battery- operated backup:
- Disconnect the primary sump pump from the sump pit.
- Wrap a tape, preferably Teflon around the threads of the cell- operated pump. Tighten the check valves on both the primary and the backup pump and set them both into the sump pit.
- Cut out a discharge pipe and connect to the existing one.
- Place the water battery in a protective plastic case and place it on a surface or shelf.
- Create a low-voltage wire connection between the backup sump pump and the battery.
- Plug the power cord and the battery charger into a voltage electrical outlet.
- Test for the functionality of both the primary and the cell- powered backup sump pump.
Installation of the sump pump accessories (discharge hose, drain line, vent hole, weep holes, check valve, float switch)
Irrespective of the type of sump pump or model installed, a sump pump cannot function on its own without any add-ons. These adds include a discharge hose or pipe that is meant to convey the water from the sump basin to the outside of the house, the drain line vent hole, check valve, float switch. Installing a float level switch will act as a sensor to monitor the water level in the point so that when the water rises to a certain degree, the sump pump automatically starts pumping when the level falls back, it stops pumping.
We will check out how to install these after the sump pump must have been placed in the sump basin or pit. For their installation, you will need tools and materials such as:
- PVC pipes
- Check valve
- PVC cement
- A drill
- Ear protection
- Work gloves
- Attach a PVC pipe to the discharge point on the sump pump to serve as the discharge pipe. Moreover, be positioned in an upright position.
- Drill a hole the size of about ¼ inch just slightly above the sump pump discharge. This hole would serve as the weep hole.
- In the discharge line, just above the weep hole, use a hacksaw to cut in and install the check valve. The check valve functions to prevent water from draining back into the sump pump.
- Cut out a PVC drain- pipe. Create a hole in the rim joist that can accommodate the discharge pipe, and then install it through the hole.
- Cut out other pieces of pipe that would run from the sump pump to the interior of the hose through the rim header.
- Run the discharge pipe from the outside to the discharge area. Create vent holes in the discharge pipe to prevent the formation of an airlock in the lower part of the pump.
- Cement the discharge pipe outside to keep it in place.
- Assemble the float switch and glue it into the sump unit using waterproof glue.
Part 3: Do it yourself (DIY) sump pump installation
Sump pump installation has proven to be an effective means of preventing water from accumulating in your house basements. A sump pit is dug at the lowest level of your basement where water accumulates more, and the sump pump is lowered and set in there.
Sump pumps are relatively inexpensive to install unless you want to hire professionals or contractors for it, it would cost you some extra bucks for the labor. It is also not a much more complex process.
Before you talk about fixing a sump pump, you should be aware there are types of sump pumps and know there distinguishing features and characteristics. You should also see the advantage of each over the other as this knowledge would help you ascertain the one that is best suited for your house.
Again, you should know that if your basement is always wet, the problem might not just be that you need a sump pump; it could be as a result of outdoor drainage. Ensure that your gutters are functional and not clogged with debris and other dirt. Your downspouts should be designed in such a way that they carry water away from the house and that a backflow of water doesn’t occur. You would be surprised that a functional gutter system would solve your basement flooding problems faster and easier than installing a sump pump.
Next is to think of the best spot to locate your sump pump. It is best to locate the sump pit or basin at the lowest point of your basement and closer to the basement wall since the sump pump discharge pipe will be exiting the basement through the wall to where it will discharge outside. It would help if you located a spot that will be easy for you to work.
Equipment and materials you will need for your sump pump installation
Here are some necessary tools you should have at hand for your sump pump installation.
- Diffing tools such as dagger, jackhammer, shovel, hoe (depending on your type of basement floor)
- PVC piping
- A sump pump kit (the sump pump of your choice)
- Measuring tape
- Fittings and wrench for the pipe
- A saw for creating a hole
- Silicone sealant
- A sump pump float switch
When you have gotten them ready, you take the following steps to set up a simple but efficient sump pump system by yourself:
- Start with digging the sump pit. If yours is a concrete floor, a jackhammer will do this job easier and faster. Place your sump basin in an upside down position, then trace the outline of its liner leaving out about 4 to 6 inches space which you will still fill in with gravel. The gap is to make it easier for the basin liner to fit into the pit. Dig a 12 inches pit, more profound than the sump liner. Use a bucket to cart away the debris.
- The next step is to place in the liner. Add gravel to the bottom of the pit in such a way that the sump liner is level with the floor. Drop the liner inside the hole and on top of the gravel, then fill up the empty spaces surrounding it using the gravel. When it gets to about 5 to 6 inches below the floor level, mix up your concrete and pour over the concrete using it to cover up the remaining 5 to 6 inches space.
You should note that depending on the type of sump liner; there may be a need for you to drill holes around the liner to permit better access of water into the pump. The gaps, however, should not be more significant than the size of the gravel used so that gravel does not come through and fill up the sump basin.
- Wait for the concrete to dry, then you place the pump into the pit. Set it as directed by the manufacturer, securing the first part of the PVC pipe to the pump discharge. Do not forget to install a check valve in the pump’s outlet and check for the float position.
- Taking the shortest direct route possible, run the PVC piping outside through the rim joist. Use the saw and create a hole running from the outside in and once the pipe is out, close it up with a silicone sealant. On the outside, you can get a spare flexible tube and discharge the water as far away as you wish from the house.
- Finally, plug in your sump pump and run to test for proper functionality. The best way out is to pour in a bucket of water directly into the pit. If the float switch gets activated and the water is pumped out, then congratulations, you did a great job out there. You should also check to see that the valves are working as they ought to and that the pipes are not leaking.
While these steps seem easy, not everyone may be able to deal with it, especially if you are not experienced with this nature of work. If that is your case, you may have to consider hiring a professional to avoid damaging the foundation of your building, and this comes up with a messed up job.
DIY pump maintenance and repair guide
Maintenance is essential for better efficiency. It is also a relief to know that you do not need to spend much money or even time maintaining your sump pump. Here, we will chip in some maintenance tips for your sump pump.
- Always keep the sump pit clean
One of the primary causes of float issues with the pump is debris, even if your pump is functioning correctly today, it might not happen tomorrow because of the waste that has filled it up. Hence, cleaning up the sump pit should be incorporated as part of your regular repair and maintenance routine.
- Check out the float
The float is an essential part of the sump pump. It is what triggers the pump to eject water from the pit. To check for its functionality, you should pour in some water (a bucket of water would do) into the hole. You will know the float is active when it raises to the water level triggers the sump pump to eject water and shuts off when the water level is reduced.
- Test the check valve too
You will know your check valve is functioning correctly if the water is successfully drained from the pit. However, if the water returns to the hole without being removed, then there is a problem with the check valve, and it needs replacement.
- Check out for the electrical connection
Of course, even if every other thing is in place, with a wrong or faulty electrical connection, the pump still won’t function since electricity is its source of power. Make sure everything is plugged in according to the manufacturer’s requirements. Take a look at the circuit breaker and also check out the ground fault circuit interrupter. It sometimes tends to trip. Just any break in the circuit could cause the pump not to function.
Part 4: hiring a professional plumber for your sump pump installation
In as much as some people would want to install their home sump pumps on their own, not everyone can do it on their own. One might get stuck on the way or might need the help of an expert at one point or the other. Do not bother trying to fix your sump pump yourself if you have no clue how to go about it.
Reasons why you will need professional hands to help you install your sump pump.
- Professionals do not only know the right equipment to use; they also have them!
A professional sump pump installer should be able to run surveys on your home and tell the type of trench and sump pump that your home needs. You might be depending on the internet to gather some information in this area, which is not a bad thing, but these people have been educated and trained to do this. Therefore, they will always know better. Entrust the installation of your home sump pump to someone who knows where and how to source the right equipment, even if he doesn’t have them and provide you with a satisfactory job so that you won’t fret when the next rainy season hits.
- They would come up with the accurate size of your sump pit
The size of both your sump pit and the sump pump matters. Both should correlate. With a professional working on your sump pit installation, he would ensure that both are sized correctly. A pump larger than the pit would cause the water to drain faster than it would fill the hole causing the pump to go off and on intermittently and finally burning out. If it is too small on the other hand, it will cause the pump to run continuously and longer than it ought to.
- A professional will do the job correctly and build a well- sealed system
A professional would be able to determine the right depth of the sump pit and ensure that the newly installed hole is functioning, as it ought to. The expert would help you set a valve to prevent backflow of water, the valve alarm and seal it well. They know the best place to locate your sump system, how to build the drainage system and how to connect all the components.
A sump pump professional will not only be involved in the sump pump installation, but also its maintenance and repair.
Cost of sump pump installation
When talking about the value of installing sump pumps, there are certain factors to take into consideration. Such as the location of the house and where the sump pump will be situated, the type of sump pump, the type of floor and the source of the pump power supply, the professional providing the service, the insurance and other accessories such as filters, sump pump alarms, and a backup battery.
To install a functional sump pump system, you will be spending between €600 and €1,800. Already installed pumps in home that is damaged and needs repair, it would surely cost lesser than a new one. It could cost you €180-€550 to replace it with a new one.
The two essential types of the sump pump are pedestal and submersible. The pedestal type can last up to 25 years and can cost between €55 and €170. The submersible sump pumps, which run on as much as ¾ horsepower, tend to be a little more expensive than the pedestal. Their cost ranges between €100 and €400.
When considering the type of floor, sump pumps are installed in gravel, dirt or cement floors. It is evident that digging on a cement floor would be more comfortable than gravel. Hence, it is expected that installing sump pumps in cement floors would be more costly. Installing sump pumps on concrete floors could even cost at €2500 and above. Another thing is that depending on the geographic location, charges could go higher or lower. Let’s not forget that you will get billed for the source of power supply.
You might also need to have your sump pump covered by insurance. It is usually purchased separately at an even affordable price of about €100 annually.
Whichever is the case, cost of sump pump installation would vary from one contractor to the other. You should, however, endeavor to hire the best plumbing professionals to ensure that the sump pump installed is compatible with your house and it is installed correctly. Irrespective of the price tag, go for one that offers you the best choice and the best service.
Sump pump backup installation cost
People are living in areas that are prone to flooding; it will be a good idea to plan and prepare every structure in your house in such a way that it resists flooding. Many people that realize the danger of having just one sump pump have been asking questions about the cost of having a backup sump pump system. With a backup sump pump, even when the sovereign pump defaults or its power supply goes off, you would have another alternative to fall back to.
To get a high-quality backup sump pump system installed in your house could cost as much as €1,000 to €4,500. Its actual cost depends first, on how far you are willing to go to prevent water from damaging your house and structures in your home. Factors that affect it are
- The pumping volume of the system
Since the backup pump system is meant to form an alternative when your major pump system malfunctions or cannot carry out its function, it might as well perform this duty well. It is of need for you to know the volume of water your backup system can pump. If your primary pump system pumps a more significant amount of water, you might have to match up your backup pump to its standard, and that should cost more than one that pumps a smaller volume of water.
- Features of the backup sump pump system
Each backup pump would come with its characteristics; you should know what is included and what is not included in the one you want to buy. A good number of the systems do not come with some great add-ons such as a discharge pipe, battery system or even a check valve. You should know that one with these add-ons will be more costly than those without them. Alternatively, buy them separately which will still sum up with the cost of the sump pump itself.
• The installation process
If you want to cut cost, you might plan to have it installed yourself. Else, you will have to hire a professional contractor to help you install it, assemble the components and adjust the settings of the sump pump.
• The size of the sump basin
Just as it is with the pumping volume, the size of the sump basin is also considered. The size of the backup sump basin should match that of the existing or primary sump basin
Sump pump basement cost
One would ask, “If I want to install a sump pump in my basement, how much will it cost me? Sump pumps can be installed in the crawl space or basement of your house whether your house is at risk of flooding or not. Installing a sump pump in your basements may take some bucks off your hand but it sure worth it, as it would protect your house from flooding and damage on the long run.
Installing a new sump pump to basements costs an average of €500-€1100. This range is affected by factors such as the type of sump pump involved, as the pedestal sump pump tends to be less expensive when compared to the submersible sump pump. Sump pumps also come in different materials the major ones being the cast iron material and the plastic material. The plastic material is less expensive and used for both types of sump mentioned above the pumps.
Your type of basement floor would also affect the cost as it has a direct effect on the labor. A cement or concrete floor will be harder to break and dig through than a single gravel floor and thus will incur higher costs.
You should also consider other extra materials required such as the sump basin (€20 – €30), drain- pipe (€80 – €250), valves, sump pump alarm system (€15 – €100), a sump pump filter (€15 – €30) and even a simple backup powered by battery (€150 – €200).
The charge for labor is usually between the range of €40 -€70 per hour with the installation process lasting for about 7 – 10 hours. This means the labor charge on the total could range between €350 and €650.
In conclusion, this article is a walk through that will enlighten the general public about everything they need to know when it comes to installing a sump pump. This can be pinned and referenced to anytime one is in need of such services or better still fixing or installing the slum pump in your home.