A sump pump is a small pump that is installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace. Its job is to ensure that the area under the building stays dry and doesn’t flood. Normally, a sump pump is installed in a constructed sump basin, which allows for water to flow into the basin through draining or by natural water migration through the soil.
A large portion of American homes suffer from below-ground wetness, which means homeowners will more than likely deal with a flooded basement at some point. It doesn’t take a lot of water to do a costly amount of damage. Even if your basement isn’t known to flood, the moisture within the basement can lead to mold and create a health hazard for residents. If you live in an area that experiences large amounts of rain or snow, a sump pump is a smart choice for your home.
You can buy a sump pump at most hardware stores. Some people might be able to install themselves, but we recommend having a professional handle it, especially if you don’t already have a pump basin constructed.
Once installed, follow some basic steps to give your pump the best shot at flawless execution.
- Make sure the sump pump is upright and not tilted in any way.
- Pour water into the basin to see if it starts pumping it through, if it doesn’t, it’s not properly working.
- Clean around the pit to and check the vent holes for rocks or debris that might cause a blockage.
- Make sure pumps pipes are fastened tightly.
If you ever have any questions or concerns about your sump pump or basin, your local plumber will be able to answer those, as well as help ensure everything is in proper working order.