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All about Using a Sump Pump and how does it work

Posted by christiane savaria on April 18, 2021
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What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a pump used to remove accumulated water.

Essentially, these are cylindrical pumps that are placed in the lowest point of your basement.

If your basement is prone to flooding, your sump pump automatically turns on and pumps water from your basement before it can cause water damage.

As the water table rises, water drains into the sump pit and is pumped out and drained far from the foundation of the home.

 Examples of water damage include flooding, sewer backup, broken pipes, leaky plumbing, and more.


A sump pump is a pump used to remove accumulated water.


How Do They Work?

Sump pumps can be placed in your basement to pump water from your house into a drain and somewhere that it won’t cause damage to your home.

infact , Sump pumps spend most of the time on standby, only actuating when they’re really needed as ground water rises up in the sump basin or indoor or outdoor flooding threatens the basement.

Most pumps found in homes have a captive float. When the water rises in the sump, the float is activated. The pump then begins its work by discharging the water to the outside.


There are two types of primary sump pumps :

Primary sump pumps

Battery backup sump pumps

Primary sump pumps run on standard AC electrical power in your basement and are only effective when your home has power.

Battery backup sump pumps are not only used in the event of a blackout but also if the main pump fails for any reason, or it cannot keep up with the demand during a large rain event.

They can pump up to several thousand gallons an hour to keep your home safe and dry.

A sump pump is a pump used to remove accumulated water.



Common Mistakes Made With Sump Pumps

Not Testing Your Pump Regularly

Unplugging the Pump

Draining into Municipal Water or Sewer Systems

Failure to Get Preventative Maintenance Done


Some Advantages of Using a Sump Pump

Effective water removal

Able to handle major leaks

Prevent flooding damage.

Improving indoor air quality

Increase property value

Safeguarding basement appliances such as the washer, dryer, and spare freezer from water damage

Reduce the risk of fire

Discouraging termites and other insect invasions

Reduce threat of mold and mildew

Protecting the paint and other wall coverings from peeling

More reliable than other waterproofing treatments.




Some disadvantages of Using a Sump Pump

Electricity required.

Unattractive appearance

 SUMP PUMPS GET OLD

If your sump doesn’t have a lid  – it will get clogged and dirty over time and either slow down or stop entirely.

REGULAR MAINTENANCE IS A MUST

When discharge lines become frozen or clogged, the system fails.

Possible radon hazard.



Is the water from the sump pump’s tank automatically drained?

Most sump pumps drain automatically.


Note :

Different sump pumps have different capacities. The size you purchase will depend on where you live and how much water you can expect.

Remember, no one is safe from water damage in the basement. So be sure to take the necessary precautions.



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see also :

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Home Maintenance for the Fall and winter Season

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How to Get Rid of Mold and how does mold get into our homes

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