What is a Sump Pump?

September 2, 2020


When a storm comes, you need to know the answer to the question, “Is my home prepared?”. A sump pump can give you the peace of mind that your basement won’t suffer from flooding due to a storm. It’s a huge health risk to have a flooded basement. A damp basement can lead to mold growth, and uncontrolled mold can lead to severe health issues for people who get regular exposure. Basement leaks can occur because of a crack in the home's foundation, or they can occur because of a high water table. Regardless of the reason that water accumulates in a basement, a sump pump can be a great option for keeping it dry.

What Is A Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a water pump that accumulates water that might pool under your home. Once it gets full, the pump will remove the water from the sump basin so that it does not run into your basement. It will actually route the water away from your home. Some pumps are set up to run the water into a storm drain. Others can run into the street. Where a sump pump sends the water will depend upon local building codes, but using one can help keep your basement dry when heavy rains hit.

Types Of Pumps

There are two basic types of sump pumps. The first is a pedestal pump. As its name might suggest, this type of pump has a motor that's set on a pedestal. A pedestal pump allows for easier maintenance, but it is quite visible. The second type, a submersible pump, has a motor that sits in the water pool, but a pedestal pump will usually have a longer useful life.

If you're having trouble with your drain system, be sure to check with Mitch Wright Plumbing Heating & Air. We can help you with sump pump installation or maintenance so that you can keep your basement dry. We provide quality service in Southaven and the surrounding communities so give us a call today.



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