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How do you install residential sump pumps?

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Install a residential sump pump by determining the best location, installing the sump and providing a discharge line. Place the pump in the bottom of the sump, connect it to a ground fault interrupter circuit and discharge line and test its function. In areas where frequent power failures occur, a second backup pump provides another line of protection from flooding.

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Locate the pump in the lowest area of the basement, where the water collects after flooding. Ideally, the pump location is near a wall and GFCI outlet. Mark a circle around the sump basin, and cut through the concrete with a jackhammer. Install the basin flush with the floor by removing any excess soil from the hole. Remove enough soil so the basin fits flush against the floor, place a small amount of gravel in the bottom of the hole, and fill the area surrounding the basin with more gravel.

Cut a hole through the foundation for the discharge pipe. Place the pump on the floor of the basin, and connect the pump to the outside of the house using 1 1/2-inch polyvinyl chloride pipe. Direct the water outside the home away from the foundation. Test the pump by pouring water into the sump until the float activates and the unit pumps the water outside.

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