What Is a Sump Pump and How Does It Work?

If you have a basement that frequently takes on water, you’ve probably heard of a sump pump. But do you know how a sump pump works and how it can benefit your home? 

Read on to learn how a sump pump can help you keep your home dry in even the worst rainstorms. 

What Is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a pump that prevents water from flooding your basement by managing water levels. Flooding and excess moisture can rack up thousands of dollars in damage—not to mention cause mold, which can be dangerous to you and your family. 

If you live on a hill or by a lake or are worried about your home flooding, a sump pump is a helpful tool to install. 

There are two types of sump pumps:

  • Pedestal sump pumps
  • Submersible sump pumps 

These pumps work with the same basic principles; the only difference is where they’re installed. A pedestal sump pump works with a motor that can’t get wet. As a result, it must be placed above the sump basin. On the other hand, a submersible pump can function even when wet, so it’s installed inside the basin. 

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

Generally, sump pumps are located in the basement or crawlspace. As groundwater flows into the crawlspace, the pump collects the water and pumps it back outdoors, keeping your home nice and dry. 

What Happens During Sump Pump Maintenance?

Like with any appliance or tool, homeowners must make sure they take care of a sump pump so it will work properly. The best way to maintain and care for your sump pump is to clean it regularly. 

To clean, you have to disconnect the sump pump, take it outside, and wash it to clear any debris or gunk away from its body. 

If you’re not sure how to clean a sump pump, call our team of professionals for advice or assistance. 

Is a Sump Pump Worth It? 

As our weather becomes more severe and unpredictable, heavy rainfall and flooding are happening more frequently, making a sump pump worth the investment. 

Without a sump pump, water from heavy rains could flow into your basement and leave you with extensive damage and costly repairs.

Take steps now to protect your home (and your wallet) from the chaos caused by flooding

Call Our Team Today 

Is your home at risk of flooding? Then take action! 

If you’re wondering, “What is a sump pump?” or “What pump is right for me?” give our team a call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and set you on the right path. 

No matter what your sump pump needs are, we’re here to help. Give Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning a call or schedule an appointment today to begin the process and receive a free estimate. 

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