Basement Sump Pump Installation
The cost of a basement sump pump installation varies widely. Some systems are as low as $130 and others cost as much as $2,000 or more. The price of a sump pump depends on how much water is in the basement, and the type of floor in which it’s installed. While a dirt or gravel floor is best, a cement floor can complicate the installation process and add an additional $250 to $2,000 in labor costs.
Before you start installing a sump pump in your basement, check the building codes of your area. Your local building codes may specify the exact location of the pump’s electrical outlet. The location of the outlet must be as near as possible to the sump basin. Make sure to use protective gear and have a helper to help you. Next, choose an appropriate pit size. A small sump pit can cause the pump to work too hard, or draw water from far below your home. A large pit can put more work on your sump pump and use more electricity than necessary. To install a sump pump in your basement, make sure to install it at the lowest point of the area, as water will naturally flow towards it. You will need to dig a hole in your basement floor where the water usually gathers. Make sure that the hole is large enough to accommodate the sump pump, and that the top edge is flush with the level of the floor. If the basement floor is made of concrete, you may need a sledgehammer or a jackhammer to cut the hole through the concrete. You’ll also need to measure the depth of the cavity, as the sump pump basin must be large enough to accommodate the pump.