Sump Pump Circuit Wiring
Installing Electrical Circuit Wiring for a Sump Pump and providing the necessary GFCI protection and means of disconnect.
Wire Size for a Sump Pump Circuit
[ad#block]Electrical Question #1: I plan to put a separate circuit in for the sump pump in my septic system.
- I have a Rigid 1/2 horse pump (10.5 amp motor) and will be using a 20 amp breaker.
- The wire I have on hand is 14 gauge.
- Is this an adequate wire, or do I need to get a larger gauge?
This electrical wiring question came from Duane, a Homeowner from Ravenna, Ohio.
Electrical Question #2: Is a sump pump in a basement required to be on a GFCI Outlet?
- Should a sump pump in a basement be protected by a GFCI outlet?
This electrical wiring question came from Joseph in Baltimore, Maryland.
Thank you for your electrical questions.
Electrical Wiring for a Sump Pump Circuit
- The wire size that should be used for the 20 amp septic sump pump circuit should be #12 gauge.
- The sump pump should be protected by either a GFCI outlet or a GFCI circuit breaker.
- A means of disconnect for the sump pump must be located within sight and readily accessible.
- If a receptacle outlet will be installed then a weather proof cover must be installed to offer protection from the weather even while the sump pump is plugged in.
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Those who live in areas with a known history of basement flooding will most certainly need to have a sump pump hooked up. It is a regular thing that we go on quite a few sump pump inspection trips during the stormy summer months. Once in a while people just need their sump pit cleaned, other times they need a replacement pump.