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What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a submersible pump that sits at the bottom of a sump pit, which is typically installed at the lowest point in your basement or crawl space. Sump pumps will solve most basement flooding and leaking issues as they are specifically designed to remove water from basements and crawl spaces. They are the most effective and efficient way to drain water quickly from your home.

With Roto-Rooter’s 80 years of experience in the plumbing industry, we are the experts at sump - pump installation and repair. Our helpful infographic is designed to educate you on the importance of a having a sump -pump in your home while also offering useful cleaning and repair techniques.

What Does a Sump Pump Do?

Ground water surrounding your home's foundation is channeled into a perimeter drain system installed at the base of the foundation. Water finds its way into the perforated drain pipes and is quickly diverted to the sump pit. The sump pump, which is triggered by a float switch, removes the water by pumping it to the nearest storm drain, dry well or detention pond. A sump pump turns on only when water inside the sump pit reaches a predetermined level. Most new homes are equipped with sump pumps, but older homes can be retrofitted with a sump system to prevent basement flooding.

What Types of Sump Pumps Are There?

There are two types of sump-sumps:

1. Submersible: The submersible sump-pump is the quieter, less obtrusive option. Ideal for those with children, the submersible sump-pump is also cleaner and designed for a finished basement.

2. Pedestal: The pedestal sump-pump is the more economical equipment option. The exposed motor also makes it easier to access parts and perform repairs.

See Roto-Rooter’s helpful online tips and plumbing basics for more detailed information about equipment installation and repair – all designed to maximize your plumbing’s efficiency throughout your home.

Sump Pumps Service and Testing

Routine testing of your sump-pump can ensure that your equipment will run properly in the event of a downpour. Testing can easily be done on your own with these simple steps:

  • Pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on immediately and the water should start to drain from the pit and quickly shut itself off.
  • If your equipment isn't running properly, the professionals at Roto-Rooter can help. We are equipped to handle all of your residential plumbing needs.

Sump Pumps Cleaning and Replacement

Proper cleaning and replacement (if necessary) of your sump-pump is key to your equipment working efficiently in the event of an emergency. Our routine cleaning tips include the following:

  1. Regularly remove any dirt, sand, gravel or debris from your equipment.
  2. Make sure to check that the incoming drainage lines are free of dirt and debris so that water can reach the sump pit easily.

Call the Sump Pump Professional

When you want to call in the plumbing and equipment experts, look no further than Roto-Rooter. Whether you have questions whether your sump-pump is still fully functioning, need replacement parts or want to inquire about new equipment installation, we can do it all.

Roto-Rooter is the industry leader in sump-pump installation, knowledge, maintenance and repairs. Use our helpful infographic for easy do-it-yourself tips at home or call us at any time for professional plumbing service you can trust.

What is a Sump Pump?