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Danny Neill

The Comprehensive Guide to Installing a Sump Pump Station in Your Basement

Protecting your home from water damage is paramount, especially for properties prone to basement flooding.

Platinum Chemicals Ltd, a pioneer in providing robust waterproofing solutions, brings you an extensive guide on installing a sump pump station in your basement.

Featuring our Platinum Range and sump pumps from Newton Waterproofing, this guide aims to equip you with the knowledge to safeguard your property effectively.



The threat of water damage in basements and cellars is a concern for many homeowners. Whether it’s due to natural groundwater seepage or the aftermath of heavy rainfall, the accumulation of water in these lower areas of the house can lead to structural damage, mould growth, and a host of other issues.

A sump pump station offers a proactive solution to this problem, removing water before it can cause harm. In this guide, we delve into what a sump pump is, explore the different types available, outline why you might need one, and provide a detailed walkthrough on installing one.


What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a mechanical device specifically designed to collect and pump away water that accumulates in a sump basin, typically located in the basement or lowest part of your home. Its primary purpose is to keep the area dry and to prevent it from flooding.

The pump is activated by a float switch that detects water levels, ensuring that water is pumped out efficiently whenever necessary.


The Necessity of a Sump Pump

The importance of a sump pump in maintaining the integrity and usability of your basement cannot be overstated.

Not only does it prevent potential flooding, but it also safeguards against moisture-related issues such as mold and mildew, which can lead to health problems and reduce the quality of your living space.

Additionally, a sump pump can contribute to the overall stability of your home’s foundation by mitigating the risk of water damage.


Types of Sump Pumps

When considering a sump pump for your home, it’s vital to understand the two main types available:

Submersible Pumps

These pumps are designed to operate fully submerged in the sump pit. They are generally quieter and more efficient than their counterparts but can be more challenging to access for maintenance.


Pedestal Pumps

Unlike submersible pumps, pedestal pumps are mounted above the sump pit. This design allows for easier maintenance and inspection but can be noisier during operation.

Choosing between these types largely depends on your specific needs, including the size of your basement, the volume of water you’re dealing with, and noise considerations.

Our Platinum AquaSump ECO - Basement Sump Station


Installation Guide for a Basement Sump Pump Station

Installing a sump pump station is a meticulous process that requires attention to detail. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

1) Sump Pit Creation

The first step involves creating a sump pit at the lowest part of your basement, where water tends to accumulate. This pit will house the sump pump and collect water for pumping out. The size and depth of the pit will depend on the specifications of your chosen sump pump model.


2) Choosing the Right Sump Pump

Selecting the right sump pump is critical. Consider the water volume, the height the water needs to be lifted (head height), and the distance it needs to be moved away from your home. Platinum Chemicals Ltd offers a wide range of sump pumps, including our exclusive Platinum Range and options from Newton Waterproofing, ensuring you find the perfect fit for your needs.


3) Installation of the Sump Pump

After placing the sump pump into the pit, you’ll need to connect it to the drainage system. This involves fitting pipes that will carry the water from the pump to a suitable drainage area away from your home’s foundation. Ensuring these pipes are securely connected and sealed is crucial to prevent leaks.


4) Testing the System

Once installed, it’s essential to test the system by manually adding water to the pit until the pump activates. This test will confirm that the pump starts automatically and that the water is being correctly expelled from the basement.

An Illustration of a Newton Titan-Pro Sump Pump Installed in a Basement


Post-Installation: Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Regular maintenance is essential to keep your sump pump in optimal working condition.

This includes checking the operation of the float switch, cleaning the sump pit of debris, and ensuring the discharge line is clear and free of obstructions.

Troubleshooting common issues like a non-starting pump or excessive noise can often be resolved by referring to the manufacturer’s instructions or consulting with a professional.



The installation of a sump pump station in your basement is a proactive step towards protecting your home from the damages caused by water ingress.

With the detailed guide provided by Platinum Chemicals Ltd, incorporating both our Platinum Range and Newton Waterproofing solutions, homeowners can confidently undertake this project, knowing they are well-equipped to maintain a dry and safe basement.

Remember, while the process may seem daunting, the peace of mind and protection offered by a properly installed sump pump station are invaluable.

Whether tackling the installation yourself or seeking professional assistance, investing in a sump pump is a wise decision for any homeowner looking to safeguard their property.

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