How does a sump pump work? And do you need one?

how does a sump pump work


Experiencing flooding on your property is a messy nightmare for any homeowner. If your home doesn’t have a sump pump, it could become seriously damaged or flooded in unfortunate weather conditions. It doesn’t matter if you have a sloped yard or thick soil that doesn’t let water flow away easily. It is crucial to be prepared for stormy weather to prevent flooding and water damage in your home.


What is a sump pump and how does it work?

A sump pump is a device to reduce flooding in the underground area or basement of a home. When weather conditions get intense, such as rain or snow, water will need to get moved away from the home. Sump pumps are placed on the lowest level of the buildings to suck water out from the bottom. 

Now, how does it work? When the water rises to a specific level, inside the sump pump a switch goes off and engages the pump. Sump systems often have alarms set up that notify the homeowner if the water rises above a certain level. This indicates that the sump is failing. 

They also require electricity to operate. Since they operate in water, the outlet they are connected must have a ground fault circuit interrupter. In the case that there is a storm, it is important to have a backup electrical source. You will need your sump pump to be working to protect your home in a power outage.


Do I need one?

If you have experienced flooding in the past, you will most definitely benefit. There are a few specific living conditions that it is best to have. Such as those living where there is lots of snow, and rain, homes in flat areas, or homes with basements. For people with homes in these categories, a sump pump will provide peace of mind, regardless of the weather!

If you are interested in installing a sump pump in your home, CampbellCare can help! Our professional plumbers are knowledgeable and experienced in home installations. Contact us today if you are interested in your home!

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