Wet Basements Sump pump

Published on February 5th, 2013 | by Henri


Best way to install a sump pump

Q.    Can you describe the correct procedure for installing sump pumps in a sump pit in the basement? What is the best location for a check valve? Attached to pump discharge or someplace in discharge pipe or tubing?

Should a 1/8- inch hole be drilled in the discharge line to prevent air lock? If yes, where should this hole be drilled in reference to the check valve? Instructions from different manufacturers vary; some say drill a hole, others never mention it.

A.    The best pumps to use are the submersible kind. The best place for the check valve is just at the pump’s discharge. As for the hole, follow the pump’s manufacturer’s instructions.

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