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February 13, 2020

Why is a sump pump needed?

Sump pumps are needed to keep basements and crawl spaces dry.
If you are experiencing a wet basement or basement flooding a sump pump may be a great solution. Sump pumps help prevent basement damage and the growth of mold and mildew which can save homeowners and business owners time and money.

How do Sump Pumps work?

  • Water from drains usually installed around the home’s perimeter, or through soil migration is collected in a sump pit.
  • The sump pump then pumps the water out of the pit and away from the building.
  • Sump pumps keep basements and crawl spaces dry.

Does every home need a sump pump?

  • Not necessarily. However, if you have a basement or crawl space in your home it is generally a good idea to have a sump pump installed to help prevent water seepage and/or flooding.
  • According to the American Society of Home Inspectors it is estimated that 60% of homeowners have wet basements.
  • How do I know if I have a wet basement? Below is a photo highlighting clues that you may be experiencing water in your basement.


How long do sump pumps last?

    This depends on several factors including the installation environment and the usage but on average, sump pumps will need to be replaced about every 10 years.

What is a sump pump battery backup and do I need one?

  • A battery backup is not necessary, however, it is highly recommended to have one, especially if you have or plan to finish your basement.
  • A sump pump battery backup provides a backup source of power in the event your sump pump fails. This failure could be due to a power outage, mechanical failure, or simply because the pump is at the end of its life. Think of the battery backup as an extra layer of protection against basement flooding.

What triggers a sump pump?

    Sump pumps are triggered “on” by a float that is often attached to the pump. When water level in the pit reaches a level high enough to make the float rise to a predetermined level, the pump is switched “on”.

What is the best sump pump?

    There are numerous sump pumps on the market today. One of the most common and reliable is manufactured by the Zoeller Company. The model M53 is a 1/3 horse power with an attached automatic float system. There are other models available and your plumbing professional can help you decide which is best for your application.

Sump pump maintenance - what is needed?

    Sump pumps should be maintained at least twice each year. We recommend prior to the spring rains and again in the fall before winter. The pump should be checked for proper operation and the pit should be cleaned of any debris that has accumulated.

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