Sump Pump Installation: DIY or Hire a Professional?

If you find yourself cleaning up a flooded basement after every heavy rainfall, it might be time to consider installing a sump pump. Flooding not only damages your belongings, but it also promotes the growth of mold and mildew, which is dangerous to your health. A sump pump will help solve these problems by pumping out excess water that enters your home during heavy storms. You’ve probably asked yourself if you can do this type of project yourself or if calling a professional would be more suitable. DIY sump pump installation is certainly possible, but there are also advantages to hiring a waterproofing professional. 

Do-It-Yourself Sump Pump Installation

If you are determined to install a sump pump yourself, it is possible to do without a professional. Just keep in mind that you will need to acquire the proper tools for this kind of installation. Outside of the actual sump pump equipment, you will also need to make sure you have the right tools to create a hole through the concrete floor of your basement and to run a pipe through your basement wall. The project will take a bit of time and some advanced DIY experience, but it can save you from paying extra labor costs. 

Hiring a Professional

While there are advantages to installing a sump pump yourself, there are even more advantages to hiring a waterproofing professional. 

  • A trained professional will be able to assess your specific situation and determine what the best solution is. After their assessment, they can recommend the right kind of product and figure out the best place to install the pump. 
  • A professional will come with the correct equipment, allowing them to tackle any barriers you may not have anticipated. This would save you the trouble of having to go back and forth to the hardware store throughout the process of the installation.
  • They have the know-how to complete the job correctly. DIY instructions are likely to give you details on how to install the actual equipment, but a professional will have knowledge beyond basic installation. This may include how deep to dig the hole, how to size the sump pit and pump correctly, how to make sure the system is well-sealed, and how to make sure the system is actually working properly.
  • A waterproofing professional will most likely offer a free consultation. They will not only assess the situation, but they will also give you a quote a well. This way you will know how much the project will cost ahead of time and you can make an informed decision on who you want to hire. 

There is never a one-size-fits-all answer to a question like this. If you have the tools, the experience, and the know-how, you may likely be able to install a sump pump with no issues. But if you have any doubt or want to be extra sure about the execution, call a professional. At Jerry’s Waterproofing, we have the experience and quality products to make sure the job is done right. Contact us today for a free quote.