sump pump

A sump pump collects water in a basin, which is then removed. Water is relocated outside of your home, making sure your basement is dry. Collected water can be returned to a dry well or the city’s storm drains. You may already have a sump pump installed in your home. If your home has a lot of water that collects in the basement, you may need one. This can be caused by heavy rainstorms or a sudden melting of snow.

How it operates

To have a sump pump work correctly, several things happen. As water flows into the pit, it activates your sump pump. This is by raising the pressure on the sensor, or simply raising the float valve. The pump is actually an electric motor, which then turns an impeller. Water is then moved within the basin. As the impeller pushes water away, more flows in to the fill the void near the impeller. It then forces water to move out, this is through the pipe in the basin. As it leaves via the pipe, a check valve blocks the water from returning, leaving it only one avenue of escape.

Different in sump pumps

To determine the difference in sump pumps, notice if the motor is suspended above the pit, or placed inside.  Submerged sump pumps have a pump, which isn’t hovering above the pit. The manual pumps need to be turned on manually, therefore making them difficult if you are away from your home.  A major drawback is that you cannot turn them on without being there.Automatic pumps will be triggered. Float valves, as well as pressure switches are triggered by water depth. When depth increases, the pressure on the switch increases until the switch is tripped. Float valves will float on the surface of the water, once the valve reaches a certain height, the pump activates. If you are not sure what type of sump pump is right for you, contact us. We can advise you on the one best for your home.