How to Install a Pedestal Sump Pump

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First of all, claps on your effort of choosing a nice pedestal sump pump. It’s one major home tool you should think about buying when there’s standing water to deal with. Sump pumps are really a great tool that makes life a lot easier that could have been a mess otherwise.

Now that you got the tool, thinking about installation is normal. Some may want to call an installation guy to do it. But sometimes people want to save a few bucks by trying it themselves. To be honest, that’s a great thing and if you have the previous idea about how these installations take place then trying it yourself isn’t actually bad.

Even if you don’t have the complete guideline on how to install a pedestal sump pump, there’s nothing to worry about. Let’s talk about the entire thing today and see whether it’s something you should try or not.

How to Install a Pedestal Sump Pump: General Idea, Guide & More…

Starting from the very basic, I’ll go over a simple installation guide including some tips you should be aware of. Make sure to stay till the end to find out the important notes regarding this process…

General Idea on Pedestal Pump.

I believe most of you already know what this thing is and if you do, just skip to the guide part. However, there are a lot who are yet to buy one and want to know whether the installation would be simple. This short intro to the tool is for them basically.

So, there are chiefly two types of sump pumps to get. One is the submersible pump variety that rests with the sump’s floor. The pedestal pump is the other variant that also gets to rest on the floor of sump. However, it has a motor that stands over the waterline. For the pedestal, there’s an intake forming on bottom. And this is basically the place where motor rests.

Once the water reaches to sump’s preset level, a pump gets triggered. There’s a special float-controlled switch that basically does that and it is available in both style of sump pumps including pedestal one. A discharge line connection is also necessary for optimal functioning.

Pedestal Sump Pump Installation Guide.

1. Taking All Sort of Preparing…

First of all, you should prepare well before the actual installation phase. Make sure you are following the regulation and codes of your municipality. It’s important to get a permit for such a job. Since there’s a need to break inside the concrete basement floor, make sure about lines under your house. You should know about sewer and utility lines below the foundation.

2. The Right Place for Placement…

Many have mixed feelings about how to stabilize a pedestal sump pump in its place to get the most out of it. Well, the trick is to find the right spot for placing it. The finest spot is usually somewhere in your basement. Go for the lowest-lying areas. To make the water running simple, you should find a downward slope strategy. This makes it easier for running water into the basin in case of a flood as well.

There’s also a need to let the PVC discharge pipe to go outside of your house easily. And placing the pump closer to outside wall will help a lot to do so. To make the plugging in easier, you should also think about locating it near your electrical outlet.

3. Concrete Floor Needs Some Bashing Next

Now that you are sure about the right spot for your pump, get basin liner flipped upside down. Use a permanent marker to trace a round mark. This is the outline for your drilling space. Now you can try a lot of ways to the concrete floor. However, the best way is by using a good jackhammer. These are easy to rent for a few days. Sledgehammer is also usable but for safety, the jackhammer serves best.

Don’t forget to keep the basement well ventilated when using a jackhammer. There will be a lot of carbon monoxide poisoning otherwise. An that’s surely not healthy. You should wear the right working boots, gloves and glasses while breaking the floor.

4. Installing the Basin

Use a shovel with a round point to break the remaining hole. The floor level should be lining up well with basin’s top part. Use some gravel to pour inside the hole. Use filter fabric to wrap the liner. Now gradually submerge it inside the hole.

It’s time to fill it up using gravel. You want to leave around 6” between hole’s top and gravel while filling the gaps. Next, simply follow the right instructions to mix concrete.

This mixture will go into the gravel. There should be no gap between the basement floor and gravel while doing this. Now to make the concrete smooth and even with the floor, use a trowel with the pointy part. You should follow the manufacturer’s instructions to let cement dry.

5. Making the Pipe for Discharge.

Let the cement dry and meanwhile you can think about discharge pipe. Refer to the pump’s check valve size for deciding PVC pipe’s size. Follow this reference to make a hole. You want to fix the pump with a pipe next. Simply run it over the wall.

Use a drill to make the right size hole in your house wall. Let the piping go through this hole. To let the piping from check valve to connect well with discharge hole, you should use a PVC elbow joint here. Now for the internal and external parts of PVC pipe, simply use silicone caulk for sealing. So that it becomes completely water and airtight.

6. Finishing the Installation

Let the pump get installed outside basin. You should follow the provided instructions in this case. The floats of pump should not touch basin’s side. Let the pump stay lower in basin. You want to measure the right amount of pipe necessary for reaching discharge pipe. Use a hacksaw to cut it into the right length. Connect the pipe with adapter using PVC cement next.

Now simply turn the pump on by plugging in. To test it out. Simply fill the basin with water. Check whether the discharge is happening in a right way. And with that confirmation, you can put on the sump lid to end this installation.


On that note, we are over and out with how to install a pedestal sump pump. Hopefully, you’ll be able to make the installation work with my instructions. Make sure to check that the discharge pipe and check valve are in good condition. The pipe should be fitting new outlet or else replace it. The pump also needs to stay away from debris to keep the inlet free from problems and damage impeller. You want to keep it covered.

See you for another topic soon!

Last Updated on February 18, 2021 by Alexander A. Smith

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