5 FAQs about Sump Pump

Basement flooding is an unwanted, yet common, trend in most cities. It is especially frequent in areas that have high levels of rainfall and storms. Prevention is better than cure, true. But what about a solution that acts to help you avoid basement floods?

In the case of one, acts as an effective water damage restoration method, which is sump pump installation. Sump pumps are being used in most houses but there are still questions about the sump pump installation that most homeowners have. Well, we’ve brought you the answers!

  1. What is a sump pump?

It is a system which is designed for the removal of water from your basement. The ‘sump’ is a naturally dug pit, carved right below your basement floor and that’s where the ‘sump pump’ machine fits into. The machine consists of a drainage tank with valves that determine when the water level or pressure of water getting into the tank is rising. The sump pump is usually installed by a local plumber or plumbing company.

  1. How does it work?

The sump pump drainage tank has valves that signal when the water level is exceeding specified limits. Once the water level or pressure gets to a certain point, the sump pump begins to pump out water from the drainage tank (which extracts water from your basement) to an external location that is away from your own drainage system, to prevent the water from coming back into your basement.

  1. How is the water removed from the tank?

There are two major types of sump pumps, when it comes to method of extraction. Some are automatic (electric), while others are manual. An electric sump pump automatically turns on once the water reaches a certain level but the manual machines need to be turned on when the water is to be removed.

  1. How much water can be removed at a time?

Usually, this depends on the capacity of the drainage tank and speed of pump out. The tank can contain between 15 to 20 gallons of water at a time.

  1. What are the types of sump pumps?

The type of sump pump you have may be determined by the switch, size or horsepower. However, the two major types (other than the automatic and manual, mentioned earlier) are the pedestal and submersible. The difference between these is the location of their motor. For the pedestal, the motor is on top of the tank while for the submersible, it is mounted inside the tank.

Getting sump pump installation is the best and most preventive way of keeping your basement dry. They are great for water damage restoration and whether electric or manual, they work effectively to get your basement dry in no time at all.