Sump Pumps

What Is the Purpose of a Sump Pump and How Does It Operate?

A sump pump is a small pump that is typically installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace. Its job is to help keep the area under the building dry and to prevent it from flooding. Usually, sump pumps are installed in specially constructed sump pits. Water flows into the sump pit through drains (drain tile around the structure) or by natural water migration through the soil. The sump pump’s job is to pump the water out of the pit and away from the building so the basement or crawlspace stays dry.

According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, more than 60 percent of American homes suffer from below-ground wetness. Even more homeowners are likely to have to deal with a flooded basement at some point in time. It doesn’t take much water to cause thousands of dollars of damage so making sure your pump is operational and maintained is extremely important. A moist basement can also lead to mold and mildew growth, bringing with it all its related health and breathing hazards. Many homeowners will also install a battery backup sump pump for added peace of mind.

Battery Backup Sump Pumps

Battery backup sump pumps run on a marine style battery, which needs to be tested on a regular basis and replaced every two to three years. We sell and recommend Jim Murray backup sump pumps due to their dependability and time tested performance. Call us for more information and pricing on installing a battery backup system for added peace of mind.

Use the backup system to:

  • Take over when your main pump goes out due to a power failure.
  • Assist the main pump when it is overloaded and cannot keep up due to heavy rain or flooding.
  • Take over when the main pump experiences a mechanical failure.

Sump Pump Tips:

  • Clean the sump pump crock so it is free of debris.
  • Connect downspouts and make sure that they slope away from the house.
  • If you are leaving for vacation and your sump pump runs frequently, ask someone to periodically check the pump while you are gone.