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Why You Shouldn't DIY Install Your Sump Pump

November 20th, 2023 | 2 min read

By admin

Your sump pump is like the defender of your basement and your foundation. If you don’t have one installed already, you really should add one to your home. The problem is, a lot of DIY sump pump installations miss the mark, and end up running into problems when they’re supposed to spring into action during a downpour or flooding.

We handle sump pump installation in Hood River, OR all the time, and we’ve seen some rough-looking DIY jobs. We’re here to advocate for professional sump pump installation instead of doing it yourself, and here’s why.

Multiple Steps to Installation

If it was as simple as digging a hole and putting a sump pump in a pit, we wouldn’t offer it as a service. During professional installation, we have to take multiple things into account that you may not think of during a DIY dry run at sump pump installation.

That includes checking groundwater levels, ensuring pump capacity matches the expected use, and the discharge line that draws water away from your home. It has to be done with precision to make sure your sump pump works quickly and as intended in the event of a flood.

The Pit Design Matters

When you dig out the pit for your sump pump, you want to make sure your pump remains level. Digging a hole and laying the pump inside without being considerate of how low and how level it is can result in inefficiency.

These pits collect water for your sump pump to, you know, pump out through the drainage line. Without a properly constructed pit, water may seep into your basement and around your foundation anyway, causing damage despite an active pump doing all that it can.

You Might Need a Permit

We think that seemingly small additions to our home like this don’t warrant the need for a permit, but depending on your municipality, that might not be the case. This is a step that professionals always check and have local knowledge about, which removes a lot of the grunt work for you (and eliminates a potential fine, too).

Avoiding Costly Mistakes

During sump pump installation, we check every aspect of the pit, the pump, the drainage line, and make sure it’s working exactly as planned before we pack up and leave. If we run into a problem, we know how to solve it on the spot. When it comes to DIY, these issues persist and may not appear to have a clear solution. It’s another reason why it pays to have professionals on your side.

Call us Today to Schedule Your Sump Pump Installation

Now that you know why it’s best to have a professional handle your sump pump installation, it’s time to make the call. We’re here to help you protect your basement and foundation with the right equipment, installed the right way. It all starts with a phone call or a quick message via our contact form.

Contact us today to schedule your sump pump installation as quickly as possible.