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How Long Does It Take to Install a Sump Pump?

Whether it’s from seasons of heavy rainfall or periods of melting snow, your basement is often at risk of water damage. One effective solution to prevent flooding and water damage is the installation of a sump pump.

But how long does it take to install a sump pump? The basement waterproofing experts from Jaco will answer that question and several others in our latest blog post.

What Does a Sump Pump Do?

Sump pumps sit in sump pits, where water accumulates due to rainfall, melting snow, and groundwater seepage. When the water in the pit reaches a certain level, the sump pump will turn on automatically and begin pumping water away from the foundation of your home. Water moves away from the home through a discharge pipe.

Without a sump pump, the water that enters the sump pit would eventually seep into your basement, leading to potential flooding, water damage to your belongings, and even structural issues. Sump pumps are designed to keep your basement dry and protect your home’s foundation by effectively managing excess water.

Do All Homes with Basements Need Sump Pumps?

Ultimately, not all homes with basements will necessarily need a sump pump. However, homes in areas with high water tables or that frequently experience seasons of heavy rainfall can benefit from sump pump installation.

According to The American Society of Home Inspectors, roughly 60% of homes with basements in the United States have issues with water intrusion or excessive moisture. Sump pumps can help manage these issues. Homes with basements that are prone to dampness, have a history of flooding, or are located in areas with poor drainage may particularly benefit from sump pumps.

The Sump Pump Installation Process

Initial Assessment

The sump pump installation process begins with an initial inspection and assessment of your property. This involves assessing your area’s water table, checking for any drainage problems around your property, and inspecting the history of moisture problems with the home.

Dig Sump Pit

After the assessment is complete, we’ll find the ideal spot to install the sump pit. This is done at the lowest point of the basement floor to ensure maximum water collection. The size of the pit will depend on the pump’s specifications and the amount of water it is expected to collect within the pit.

Install Sump Pump

Once the sump pit has been dug, your sump pump can be installed. Our team can help you choose the sump pump with the capacity and horsepower necessary to meet the unique needs of your home. We will ensure your pump is securely positioned and properly leveled.

Electrical Connections

After the new sump pump has been installed, the final step of the installation is to connect the pump to a dedicated electrical circuit. This will ensure it operates reliably when needed.


When the sump pump installation has been completed, we will test the sump pump to ensure it activates properly when water levels rise in the pit.

How Long It Takes to Install a Sump Pump

The sump pump installation process can typically be completed within 1-2 days, depending on various factors such as the complexity of the installation and the accessibility of the basement. While the actual installation itself may only take a couple of days, you should factor in additional time for any necessary preparations, such as obtaining permits, acquiring materials, or coordinating with utility services if electrical work is required.

When you choose Jaco for your sump pump installation in Indianapolis or Cincinnati, we will provide you with an honest estimate of the installation timeline based on your specific needs and the condition of your basement. Our experienced technicians will efficiently handle every aspect of the installation process, from assessing your basement’s water issues to digging the sump pit, selecting the right sump pump, and ensuring proper electrical connections.

Choose Jaco for Sump Pump Installation Services

Protect your basement and everything within it with Jaco’s sump pump services in Indianapolis, IN, and Cincinnati, OH. Backed by a team with years of knowledge, training, and experience, we’ve helped countless homeowners keep their basements safe and dry, all year long. 

Schedule an appointment with Jaco today.