diagram of how a sump pump works

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sump Pumps

Does your basement seem to flood all the time? One of the best investments you can make for you the overall health of your house, is a sump pump. First things first, what is a sump pump? A sump pump is a pump used to removed water from a sump basin. The sump basin is typically found in the basement of homes. Water may accumulate in the sump basin via any existing basement waterproofing system, or if your house sits below the water table, because of rain or ground water.

If your home sits below the water table and floods regularly, or your basement is constantly damp, a sump pump will direct the water away from the house. Typically, water will be directed to a storm drain or a dry well.

Sump pumps are usually wired directly into a home’s electrical system, and some will have a backup battery should the power fail. A backup up system is vital in cases of prolonged power outage, like during severe weather, and will ensure the sump does not overflow.

Now that you know what a sump pump is, let’s look at the two most common types of sump pumps:

Pedestal

These pumps have the motor above the sump itself. These are easier to maintain and service, but can be a bit of an eye sore. These usually have the longest life of any sump pump and are the cheapest.

Submersible

These pumps are contained within the sump and are completely sealed to prevent short circuiting. These are typically more expensive and have a shorter life, but can take in debris without clogging.

Even if your basement does not flood on a regular basis, a sump pump is great way to reduce basement moisture. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, more than 60% of homeowners have some sort of moisture in their basement. If you own a home and live in an area with a lot of snow or rain, a sump pump is a sound investment.