What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a submersible pump that sits at the bottom of a sump crock, which is typically installed at the lowest point in your basement or crawl space. Ground water surrounding your home or building's foundation is channeled into a perimeter drain system installed at the base of the foundation. Water finds its way into the perforated drain pipes and is quickly diverted to the sump crock. The sump pump, which is triggered by a float switch, removes the water by pumping it to the nearest storm drain, dry well or retention pond. A sump pump turns on only when water inside the sump crock reaches a pre-determined level. Most new homes are equipped with sump pumps but older homes can be retrofitted with a sump system to prevent basement flooding.
Test Your Sump Pump Regularly
Test your sump pump regularly to make sure it will operate when the next big downpour occurs. Test it by pouring a bucket of water into the sump crock - the pump should turn on, removing the water from the crock and should shut itself off in a matter of seconds. Ensure that the float and the check valve move freely.
Cleaning and Replacement
To clean your sump crock, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris to increase the pump’s efficiency and prolong its life. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace.
Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out over time and will need to be replaced. There is no general rule on how often a sump pump should be replaced since it depends on how often the pump operates.
Consider a Battery Backup
Property owners may choose to have a second sump pump installed as a back-up. If your home experiences a power outage out for an extended period, frequent power outages or if your primary sump pump fails, a battery backup sump pump or one of many water powered backup systems (that use your home's water supply pressure to remove water from the sump crock) will protect your basement from water damage.
An Alternative Plumbing Service Technician can present backup options to help you choose between a battery back-up or a water-driven back-up, to ensure that the second pump will work if the power goes out, such as during a severe storm when it’s especially important that water is pumped away from your home.
We install Zoeller brand primary sump pumps. Over the years they have proven to be a good quality, reliable, trouble-free pump that runs for years.
This can happen if your sump pump stops working and you don't know it stopped.
The Cost of a New Sump Pump Pales in Comparison
to the Damage Done if it Stops Working
Sump pumps will solve most basement flooding and leaking issues as they are designed to remove water from basements and crawl spaces.