Sump pump installers usually place them in a home's basement or crawl space. Replacing the sump pump might be a dirty job because it's located in the basement and pumps out ground water, but if the pump is broken it will have to be removed. A broken sump pump can lead to flooding in the basement, crawl space, or even upper levels of the home, which is costly to clean and repair. Removing the sump pump and replacing it with a working unit is much cheaper.
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Unplug the power cord from the power source. This step is important and forgetting to do so can lead to injury and electrocution.
Cut the sealant around the sump pump lid, if there is a lid. Or if the lid is attached by bolts, unscrew the bolts. Remove the lid carefully and set it aside. The PVC pipe and power cord run through the lid. Remove them from the lid, carefully cutting away any caulk keeping them attached.
Find the bottom hose clamp and loosen it. The bottom hose clamp attaches to the check valve. Water might come out when doing this. Free the hose clamp from the check valve.
Lift the sump pump off the bottom of the pit, using the handle if the sump pump has one. If there's no handle, it's OK to life by the pipe.
Take the sump pump outside and clean it off using a garden hose and brush. This sometimes fixes the problem, but it is also helpful for disposal if the sump pump is beyond repair. Clean up the area around the sump.