5 Common Questions about Sump Pumps

Basement flooding is one of the disasters homeowners dread. It has resulted in significant damage to foundation, structure, and other properties, and led to costly repairs worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

However, to prevent its occurrence, many homeowners fix their basement waterproofing and complete sump pump installation. Nonetheless, there are specific questions about the sump pump that you will find helpful. Here are five common questions about sump pumps.

  1. What is a sump pump?

A sump pump is a pump installed into the lowest point in the basement, called sump pit, primarily to pump water that accumulated in the pit. Water keeps storing up in the sump pit until it reaches a level that will trigger the pump to start removing the water to a place away from the house.

  1. What are the types of sump pumps available?

There are mainly two systems of sump pumps available. The significant differences include their design and the sump pump installation methods:

  1. Pedestal Sump Pumps: This type of sump pump is usually installed outside the sump pit. They do not have direct contact with water. They are visible and can be easily repaired.
  2. Submersible Sump Pumps: These sump pumps are installed right inside the sump pits. They are sealed and waterproofed. But they are difficult to repair if required.
  3. Where can sump pumps be installed?

Sump pumps are best suited for homes with basements, crawl spaces, and cellars. Sump pumps should be installed in places that are vulnerable to water damage or flooding. They can be installed to complement the basement waterproofing of a building.

  1. How does the basement get flooded?

Water can get to the basement in various ways:

  1. Burst or leaking pipes
  2. Flooding through the joints and cracks from heavy storms
  3. Water seepage through joints and cracks due to high water tables or flood plains
  4. Do sump pumps always run?

The answer is yes, and no. Water collects in the sump pit, and the machine only pumps it when triggered, either manually or automatically. For a manual sump pump, you have to switch it on to remove accumulated water. But the electric system of the sump pump can be switched on automatically when the water in the sump pit gets to a certain predetermined level.

Sump pumps are an excellent way to prevent water damage in any building. However, you must hire a professional for a sump pump installation to guarantee the correct installation and functionality of the system.

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