How to Extend the Drain Pipe on the Sump Pump

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Your sump pump's drain or outflow pipe is the pipe that runs from where your pump rests to the outside of your house. Typically, outflow pipes run through a wall or inside area just to outside your home where the water can drain away. However, there may come a time when you need to extend your drain pipe. Extending your sump pump's drain pipe is only a matter of adding more pipe, and possibly an elbow or other connector.

Things You'll Need

  • PVC pipe
  • PVC elbow (optional)
  • PVC connector
  • PVC glue
  • Old rags
  • Turn off your sump pump and unplug it.

  • Wipe and clean off the end of your existing sump pump outflow pipe with an old rag. Remove any dirt or grime and dry it off thoroughly.

  • Swab the end of your outflow pipe with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) glue and attach a female PVC connector end to it.

  • Clean one end of the new PVC pipe that you are going to use as an extension drain pipe. Apply PVC glue to one end and attach a male PVC connector end.

  • Apply PVC glue to the male end of the drain pipe and then connect that male end to the female connector you just attached to the existing outflow pipe.

  • Allow 1 to 2 hours for the freshly glued connection to dry before plugging in your sump pump and turning it back on.

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References

  • "Home Water and Moisture Problems: Prevention and Solutions"; Gary Branson; 2003
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