How Does a Sump Pump Work?

April 5, 2021
Sump Pump

If your home has a basement, you probably have a sump pump. A sump pump protects your basement from water damage. There are a few things to know about sump pumps so you can help it keep your basement dry and comfortable.

Sump Pump Basics

Sump pumps are placed in a small pit where water can collect. When the water reaches a certain depth, the sump pump turns on and pumps the water outside away from your house.

Water is pumped out of your basement through a discharge pipe. The pipe needs to be carefully located so water doesn’t run back to the foundation. There’s a check valve inside the pipe so water can only leave your home and not come back in.

Pump Motor

Sump pumps have a motor. The motors vary between 1/4 and 1 horsepower. The device is connected to your home’s electrical system. Some sump pumps have battery backup in case your home loses power. The motors have a fan-like part that pushes the water out of the pit and into the discharge pipe.

Sump Pump Design

There are two types of sump pump designs called pedestal and submersible. Submersible sump pumps are quieter than pedestal ones, but they are more expensive. The motors on pedestal sump pumps never touch water whereas submersible sump pumps have waterproof covers.

Sump Pump Maintenance

You should inspect your sump pump once a year. Unplug your sump pump, and take its cover off so you can look inside. Clear any debris you find to prevent clogs. If the water looks greasy, your sump pump’s motor may be damaged. Pull the pump out, and clean its inlet screen and fan-like device. Also, check that the float is on top of the water and can move freely.

Dogtown Heating, Air & Plumbing in Paxton, IL, can help you with your sump pump. Our plumbing services include repair, installation, drain cleaning, hydro-jetting, and more. We’re also a full-service heating and cooling company. Other services include indoor air quality solutions and Daikin mini-splits. Please call today to find out more.

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