Sump Pump Basics

Sump Pump Installation Instructions

Updated April 1, 2024 . AmFam Team

Hoping to add some more living space to your home by finishing your basement? Then you probably know it’s critical to install a sump pump system into your basement. It’s a great idea – even if you’ve never had a flooded basement in the past.

Bad weather can take you by surprise, but not if you’re prepared with a plan to deal with flooding. Get the facts you need with our sump pump selection and installation instructions so you’ll know what it takes to help prevent basement flooding.

Other Key Basement Waterproofing Considerations

There are many steps you can take to keep water out of your basement and get news to you of problems in real-time. And if you’ll be breaking up concrete in the basement anyway, now may be the perfect the time to think about some other water management options — that can really help you to protect your lower level.

Install a French drain. They’re comprised of a below-grade gutter that runs around the edge of your foundation and feeds water into the sump basin. French drains are a good addition to basements that see a lot of water seeping between the footing and the foundation wall.

Pick up a back-up sump pump and battery package. It’s a good idea to think about a backup battery sump pump system. Installing one can save on insurance costs. For a little more money, you’ll have protection when the rain comes and lightning knocks out the power.

Install smart water sensors. Part of a smart home alarm system, water sensors deliver early warning directly to your smart phone when something’s wrong. Install these directly onto the sidewall of the sump pump basin so you’ll be alerted when the water level’s above the top of the pump, but not outside the well. These little sensors can really save the day.

Install check valves. Check valves keep water and sewage from back flowing into your home. You’ll need one for your sump systems and another for the drain in your basement. Install a sewer backflow check valve to prevent sewage from backing up through the floor drain. Consult with a plumber on size and scale before purchasing and don’t forget the hose clamps!

Congrats, that was a lot of hard work! Having a dry basement can really put your mind at ease. While you’re taking steps to keep out that unwanted water, connect with your American Family agent to make sure you have the coverage to protect!

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