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 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 without a professional. Remember that you will need to acquire the proper tools for this kind of installation. Outside of the sump pump equipment, you will also need to ensure you have the right tools to create a hole through your basement’s concrete floor and run a pipe through your basement wall. The project will take some time and some advanced DIY experience, but it can save you from paying extra labor costs. 

Hiring a Professional

While installing a sump pump yourself has advantages, hiring a waterproofing professional has even more advantages. 

  • A trained professional will be able to assess your situation and determine the best solution. After their assessment, they can recommend the right product and determine 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 going back and forth to the hardware store throughout the installation process.
  • They have the know-how to complete the job correctly. DIY instructions will likely give you details on installing the equipment, but a professional will know about basic installation. This may include how deep to dig the hole, how to size the sump pit and pump correctly, how to ensure the system is well-sealed, and how to ensure the system works 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 as well. This way, you will know how much the project will cost, 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 ensure the job is done right. Contact us today for a free quote.