What is a Sump Pump?

Jul 27, 2015

A sump pump is a very important component in the plumbing system in many homes. It is an automatic pump that drains the sump basin, which collects water from the basement waterproofing drainage system. They are most commonly found in the basement of homes to prevent flooding. Let’s explore the different kinds of sump pumps available and how they can prevent water damage in your basement:


Pedestal Sump Pump

This is the most common type of sump pump, as it costs less than the submersible variety. The motor is mounted on the exterior of the sump, on an elevated pedestal. The motor is more susceptible to damage from moisture and dirt because it is mounted on the exterior. They have a very long lifespan. In the event that a pedestal sump pump is damaged, it is cheaper and easier to repair compared with a submersible sump pump.


Submersible Sump Pump

The submersible pump is mounted inside the sump, and is sealed to prevent electronic short circuiting. The pump and the motor are both held in an enclosed container. They have a very long life because they do not get clogged with moisture or dirt. They also offer the best available cooling and lubrication. They are tidier, quieter, and more powerful than pedestal sump pumps, however they cost more. In the event that they need to be repaired or replaced, it is usually a more costly job because of the difficulty in accessing the pump.


So…Which One Is Best?

Both have their pros and cons. Contact the Crack Doctor and we’ll offer our expert advice as you shop for a sump pump. Did you know your municipality may even pay for you to install a sump pump if your property doesn’t have one in place? Whether you just want a recommendation or would like our professional team to install your new device, we’re here to help.


How to Keep a Sump Pump Running at Its Best

You should test your sump pump regularly. Pour a bucket water into the sump pit. If the pump doesn’t turn on, suck away the water, and turn itself off, then you should call us. Clean your sump pit to remove dirt, sand, and debris. You should have a battery backup in case of power outages. If anything needs repair or replacement, give us a call.

If you have any other questions about sump pumps, call the Crack Doctor.

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