What is a Sump Pump?

Sump PumpA “Sump” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is defined as “a pit or reservoir serving as a drain or receptacle for liquids. A “Sump Pump” is a device that pumps water out of that man-made pit.

The objective of a sump pump system is to have a pit constructed in our basement or crawlspace that handles possible water seepage at the lowest part of our homes.

An automatic sump pump will continually pump water out and deliver it outside of our home. As long as the pit stays full, the sump pump will continue to operate. Once the basement is dry and water is no longer gathering in the pit, the sump pump stops pumping.

A wet basement can mean more than damage to the belongings we have stored away. That dampness can lead to mold and mildew… which can lead to health problems for our family.

Sump pumps come in different varieties according to size and efficiency. Here’s just a few options you’ll need to consider:

Automatic or Manual: Automatic is the most common. Manual ones are available, but you need to keep a close eye on things, to turn it off and on.

Power: Depending on the amount of water you need to deal with on a regular basis, the horsepower of your pump will decide how much water you can pump out at a time.

Pressure: You will want a head pressure that will be enough to lift the water high enough out of the pit and out through the outlet pipe.

Pedestal vs. Submersible: A pedestal pump’s motor stays above ground and is louder but cheaper. Submersible is quieter, more powerful, but has a higher cost.

Backup and alarm: An alarm and battery backup system is an added precaution that individual homeowners should discuss with a professional before installing their system.

Sump pumps are not all created equal, but their basic function is to achieve the same goal. They pump water out of our basement.

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