Sump Pump

Basement flooding are common occurrences in winter or spring. During heavy rain falls or melting snow – water can penetrate residential basements and cause damage to floors, walls and ceilings. Sump pumps fight back water penetration and protect against the devastating effects of basement flooding by pumping out excess water.

How a Sump Pump Functions
Groundwater accumulates in a sump basin or tank until reaching critical level - upon which the sump pump float switches will activate the pump to remove water through a pipe the leads out of the home.

Types of Electrical Sump Pumps
The most commonly used electrical pumps are:
Pedestal – An upright pump, ideal for frequent drainage of water from basements.
Submersible – Designed to work underwater, this electrical pump is installed in ground.

Causes for Sump Pump Failure
Burned pump
Faulty float switch
Poor pump installation
Pump clogged with debris
Broken drive shaft or impeller
Power failure/ electrical power outage

Backup Pumps
Backup supplies are essential to electric sump pumps that can fail due to sudden power cuts and mechanical faults. In case the main sump fails, have a backup device ready to kick in and pump dirty water out of the basement. Battery or water powered backup pumps are your defense against flooding should your main pump fail. Removing water from roofs, floors and ground - floor sucker pumps are good alternatives to areas that cannot be installed with sump basins.