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What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a mechanical device that removes accumulated water from a sump pit in a basement or crawl space. The sump pit is located below ground level and collects groundwater channeled to it from a drain tile system. When the water level in the sump pit rises to a certain height, the sump pump automatically switches on and ejects the water away from the foundation.

Sump pumps are essential for homes in areas prone to flooding or high rainfall. They protect the foundation from water damage and prevent potential health hazards caused by mold and mildew.

A sump pump is designed to remove excess water that accumulates in the ground around the foundation.

Types of Sump Pump

Various types of sump pumps are available today, each with unique features and functionalities.

Submersible sump pumps are the most commonly used type of sump pump. They’re designed to be placed inside a sump pit, where they can operate quietly and efficiently. Submersible sump pumps can handle large volumes of water and are ideal for clearing out flooded areas quickly.

Pedestal sump pumps are another type of sump pump. As their name suggests, these pumps are placed on a pedestal. Pedestal sump pumps are generally less expensive than submersible pumps.

A battery backup is an essential addition to any sump pump system. It’s designed to provide power to the sump pump during a power outage. A battery backup ensures your sump pump can continuously pump water out of your basement, even during an emergency.

Epp Foundation Repair offers several sump pump systems so you can decide which one fits you and your home’s individual needs.

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

When activated, the sump pump draws water through a pipe and ejects it from the house, away from the foundation. Most pumps are equipped with a check valve, which prevents the water from flowing back into the sump pit after it has been pumped out.

Sump pumps are typically powered by electricity. However, as noted above, it’s a good idea to have a battery backup system ready in case of a power failure. Some sump pumps also include a built-in alarm system to alert homeowners in the event of a malfunction.

It’s important for homeowners to regularly test their sump pump to ensure that it’s functioning correctly. Sump pumps should also be serviced by a professional regularly to prevent potential problems and ensure optimal performance.

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Epp Foundation Repair And Waterproofing Services

Epp Foundation Repair offers basement waterproofing and drainage systems, including,

  • Sump pump installation
  • Drain tile systems
  • Vapor barriers
  • Basement window well repair and replacement
  • Egress window installation
  • Basement crack repair
  • Interior basement waterproofing and drainage systems
  • Yard drainage
  • Exterior basement waterproofing membranes
  • Exterior foundation drains (perimeter drains)
  • Window well drainage
  • Downspout extensions

Our Service Area

Epp Foundation Repair offers waterproofing services in areas of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri. For more information about our service area, see our Service Areas page.