Sump Pumps

Don't put chemicals into the pump system such as acids, floor wax, paints or any de-greasing chemicals. Common household soaps and detergents are acceptable. Contact the manufacturer with any chemical questions.

Don't flush any items that are not biodegradable such as paper towels, feminine hygiene products, condoms, or other items that could jam the pump impeller. A moderate amount of tissue paper in a system is acceptable.

Don't use a discharge pipe smaller than the pump's discharge size.

Don't use an extension cord with a sewage pump.

Don't ever cut, splice or damage the power cord.

Don't carry or lift the pump by the power cord.

Do thoroughly read all installation material provided with the pump.

Do inspect pump for any visible damage caused by shipping. Contact dealer if pump appears to be damaged.

Do clean all built up debris in sewage pit if debris can obstruct the pump's initial start up. Be sure that the pump will have a hard, flat surface beneath it.

Do be sure that the pit is large enough to allow proper clearance for the pump's float switch.

Do always disconnect pump from power source before handling.

Do always connect to a separately protected and properly grounded circuit.

Do install a check valve and a union in the discharge line.

Do drill a 3/16" (5 mm) weep hole between the check valve and the pump housing.

Do consult manufacturer for clarifications or questions.

Do consider a Two Pump System with an alarm where an installation may become overloaded or primary pump failure would result in property damage.

Do keep all warranty information, installation instructions and receipts for future use.

Do size the pump to the proper capacity of the home. In a Two Pump System, each pump should be sized to meet the home's pumping requirements.

Do verify that the sewage pit is gas tight and well vented to prevent odors.