Has your basement ever flooded because of the high water table that is present in your area? Perhaps you built your own home and neglected to consider a sump pump installation. Maybe your home is quite a bit older and sump pumps were not invented yet. Whatever the case, this modern convenience might be the difference between your home flooding or staying fresh and dry all year long.

If you need to install one of these devices, here are some general steps to follow to accomplish this do-it-yourself task.

  • Pick a room in your basement that is the least used. Perhaps your utility room where the furnace and water heater are located.
  • Cut out a section of concrete in the floor. Dig out the area below the concrete wide enough to hold a large corrosion resistant barrel. Plumb in a drain pipe connected to your home’s main sewer system. Install electrical service to the new sump pit.
  • Place the barrel in the hole with seep holes drilled in the upper portion of the barrel. Run the drain pipe into the barrel. Line the outside of the barrel with small wire mesh. Place gravel around the outside of the barrel.
  • Perform the sump pump installation in the barrel and hook up the drain and electrical service to the new pump.
  • Test the system and make sure it works correctly.
  • Create a platform above the new sump pit barrel and complete the project by pouring premixed cement around the top of the pit and smoothing it flush with your existing floor.

This project should only be done by experienced and confident do-it-yourselfers. Remember to follow all local building codes and have your work checked by a licensed contractor and your local building inspector when it is completed. If you are not confident in performing this project, contact your local plumbing professional for a complete estimate and installation.