Want to extend or relocate your sump pump discharge pipe to a new location? Though it’s not a difficult task to do but takes a lot of effort, tools, and time as well. All you need to do is extend the pipe length by hooking it with an elbow, or connectors.
Also referred to as an outflow pipe; the function of the sump pump’s drain pipe is to drain the excess water from the pump to the outlet of your house.
To help you out, we have explained the step-by-step procedure to extend a Sump Pump Discharge Pipe.
Step by Step Process to extend the sump pump discharge pipe:
Extending the outflow pipe is not a big deal. You can do it on your own. But before you start doing this job, you need to make and implement the plan. It’s important to know the right way to complete the task.
The Tools required:
You can easily buy these tools from local or e-commerce stores. Check the list below
- A small shovel for trench digging
- Sealer for the connection points
- Drain lines for additional distance
- A pipe extension kit
How to Relocate the pipe?
To begin with, check if your outflow pipe has been placed in the wrong direction. Does it need relocation?
If yes, then
- review the flooding and yard drainage,
- carefully take the measurements.
Relocating the drainage pipe may affect the water flow or your neighbors. Be assured that you are not creating the cause of flooding.
Dig Area Around the Current Line
You may need a large shovel and hand shovel to dig around the current pipe. Clear the 8 to 12” area around the sump pump drain pipe. Be very careful while digging around the existing sump pump line. Use the hand shovel to avoid breaking the existing sump pump pipe, and other damages. If required, call a professional for underground digging at the required depth level.
Step 1: Turn off & Unplug your sump pump.
Step 2: Now thoroughly clean the end of your existing sump pump outflow pipe with a dry cloth. Make sure to remove all the dirt, grease, or grim if any. Now wipe it and let it dry.
Step 3:The next step is to scrub the end of the sump pump discharge pipe with PVC (polyvinyl chloride) glue. and hook it with a female PVC connector.
Step 4: Wipe & clean the PVC pipe you are going to add to your outflow pipe to extend its length. Apply the PVC glue on the end to hook it with a male PVC connector end.
Step 5: Again apply the PVC glue on both ends i.e. on the male connector of the PVC pipe and the female connector of the outflow pipe.
Step 6: Do not immediately turn on & plug your sump pump. Let cool & dry the glued connection for a minimum of 1 to 2 hours.
Step 7: Before you rebury the lines, it’s important to make sure the sump pump discharge pipe is working smoothly and there is no leakage. So, what do you need to do?
- Either you can use the hose, and keep adding the water into the sump basin until the float switch turns on and activates the pump.
- Or, you can directly put it in large buckets of water.
Now check if the water is flowing out through the other end. If yes, it’s time to rebury the drain lines. For future purpose, it is advised to mark & map the place where your drain lines are buried.
Re-routing/ routing your sump pump discharge Pipe:
- First of all, figure out where exactly the sump pump line is in your basement.
- Now, connect the sump pump discharge line to the pipe at a position Make sure to attach the pipe at an angle facing the opposite direction from your home.
- To extend the length of the discharge pipe, you can add a PVC pipe to take the discharge far away from your home,
Why do you need to route your sump pump discharge?
Generally, most of the sump pumps come pre-installed with a small drainage system. So you’ll have to reroute the outflow pipe to avoid:
- Mud trail near the sump pump outlet.
- Water leakage in your basement area.
If you are in doubt, it’s better to call a plumber. They can easily tell you whether you need a replacement or re-routing.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How to add line extensions?
After you have removed all the dirt & grime, it’s time to extend the length of the outflow pipe.
Place the lines straight and level. Keep in mind that little resistance is possible. So, you need to make a way as pumping water uphill is quite difficult. The other way is to upgrade to a large-sized sump pump.
How to seal the new drain lines?
You can apply the PVC gum to make sure the new joint is watertight and intact. Screw the connectors until there is no more room for fastening.
Keep in mind to not use the extra strength. Overtightening can lead to cracks in the new PVC pipe.
What is the right way to mark Drain Lines?
The easiest and most convenient way is to use your smartphone to take pictures from different angles. Make a mark or spot on the exit part of the pipe, and neat the fence.
Happy with this helpful guide? No doubt it is time-consuming and takes extra effort especially if you are doing it on your own. But trust it’s the best possible solution to keep water at a distance from your house. Let us know if you have any other ideas in the comment section below.