Sump Pump busted? Well save yourself the hassle of finding a plumber, and spending hundreds of dollars on replacing it by doing it yourself!
That’s right, swapping out a broken sump pump for a new one takes about ten minutes, no tools (usually), and may require a simple reducer bushing. Let’s do it!
Check the diameter of the PVC pipe going into your old sump pump and mark it down somewhere.
Go buy a sump pump.
Okay it’s not that easy, check the diameter of the discharge port. If it’s a different size, you’ll need a bushing to connect the two. My pipe was 1.25”, however my new sump pump discharge port was 1.5” so I needed a 1.5” to 1.25” reducer bushing (https://amzn.to/3gHYa26 – although you can get it cheaper at Home Depot).
So, go buy a sump pump and a reducer bushing if you need it.
Unplug the old Sump Pump, disconnect from the discharge line and remove from the basin.
Place the new sump pump into the basin and make sure it’s level (if necessary, use some plastic shims to help out here).
If needed, insert the reducer bushing into the discharge port, then reconnect the discharge line.
Plug into a GFCI outlet (your old one should have been plugged into one, if it’s not a GFCI outlet, you should consider updating it).
And that’s it! You should have a fully functioning, NEW, sump pump.
Now take that extra $200 you saved on the plumber and go treat yoself to something fancy.