Sump Pumps and How They Work


Sump pumps remove water from home basements and crawlspaces. These devices work to collect and then pump excess water away from the home, keeping it dry and free of moisture-related problems such as mold and water damage. A submersible pump sits at the bottom of a sump pit, which is typically installed at the lowest point of a basement or crawl space. Ground water is channeled into perforated drainpipes installed at the base of the foundation and is quickly diverted to the sump pit. Triggered by a float switch, the sump pump removes the water by pumping it to the nearest storm drain. A sump pump turns on only when water inside the sump pit reaches a pre-determined level.

The most important part of keeping your home safe and well maintained is preventative maintenance. A sump pump is one of these preventive care tools. In the event of a flood or burst pipe, the sump pump will work to remove excess water from your home. It will not only keep your home dry in the event of a water-related emergency, but it will also provide you with peace of mind knowing that your home is safe.

Most new homes are equipped with sump pumps; older homes can be retrofitted with a sump system to prevent basement flooding. Sump pumps can be hard-wired into a home’s electrical system or plugged into an outlet. The majority of sump pumps are equipped with a battery backup to ensure they work when the power is out, such as during a heavy storm when it’s crucial that water is pumped away from your home.

Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will eventually wear out over time and need to be replaced. If your sump pump is not working properly, call Allstar Plumbing to assess the situation. Our plumbers are well-equipped to resolve any of your sump pump repair and replacement needs. We will assist you in choosing the best pump that is not only within your budget but will also provide you with the best functionality.