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Mar 01, 2014, 11:13 PM
Replacing utility sink pump; a DIY job?
Hello. Our washing machine dumps water into a utility sink. A switch, that uses a tube and fixture that sits in the water, turns the pump on/off. The waste water is pumped UP and out to the septic system.
The switch is going bad and I'd like to change to a pump that collects water below the sink--so we don't constantly have standing water.
Is this a job I could take on myself, or do I need to call in a pro?
Here are some pictures of the setup:
plumbing out from pump
plumbing up connects to drain to septic

Thanks in advance for your advice.
Mar 02, 2014, 03:53 AM
hard question to answer,,,it all depends on your knowledge and apitude for mechanical/plumbing work
yes, you can do it, but can you?
if it were me, i would buy a 50 gallon plastic drum
cut a hole in the concrete and bury the drum
route the drain piping to the drum,,and install a pump with float AND a overflow alarm .to pump up and out
Mar 02, 2014, 09:26 AM
Thanks Frodo.
Cutting into and digging under the concrete is a lot more than I wanted to get into.
If I just replace the pump with an under sink model, does anything about the existing plumbing look particularly difficult to replace?
Mar 02, 2014, 04:39 PM
ok,..measure the output of the washer. you can put a container
of X capiciety under the sink, then use a submersable pump with a float
to lift to existing piping..that will get rid of your standing water problem.
question????? after your pump kicks on, and pumps out, when it trurns off
is their any water left in sink? if yes, your ck valve is stuck open..if no your good to go
Mar 02, 2014, 09:09 PM
Frodo, there's always some water that comes back into the sink.