How Does A Sump Pump Work

When you think of your favorite piece of equipment in your house, your sump pump might not be at the top of the list. But maybe it should be, since it helps keep your basement dry, comfortable and flood-free.

Understanding how this hard-working piece of equipment works is a crucial first step to taking better care of it, so you can proactively avoid potential water issues on your lower level. Let’s dive in and take a look at how sump pumps work.

The Low-Down on Down Low Pumps

Sump pumps are typically located in the lowest portion of a home or building and are designed to prevent flooding after storms and heavy rainfall.

Pits beneath the structure collect water. If the water level reaches a certain point the sump pump automatically turns on and pumps the water out of the pit and away from the home’s foundation. How often your sump pump runs depends on the amount of moisture you have.

The sump pump discharge pipe must be carefully placed to ensure that the water does not rush back to the foundation. These pipes also need a check valve to keep the water flowing out, not back in.

Your sump pump works quite a bit like your toilet tank and is automatically activated through a float sensor. If there is a float sensor issue you can typically activate the sump pump manually. You can save yourself from potential headaches by checking the float sensor and keeping on top of other sump pump maintenance.

Not all homes come with a sump pump and that’s perfectly fine because not all homes need one. Does your home need a sump pump? If you don’t have one and you have a wet basement, you may benefit from getting a sump pump. It can even improve your overall health by reducing mold potential. Installing sump pumps can be pretty involved, so it might be worth it to have it professionally installed by a contractor.

If you already have a sump pump, check with your agent to see if you have the best homeowners insurance for your home. You also may want to ask about adding special coverage for your sump pump, in case it doesn’t work and you end up with an unexpected (and wet) surprise in your basement.

Enjoy your dry basement!

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