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What Is a Basement Sump Pump?: Why You Need One

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Water does not belong in your basement, whether it’s a trickle down a wall, a puddle on the floor, or an all-out flood. But it’s not an uncommon sight, especially after heavy rain or if you live in a flood-prone area.  

One of the best ways to protect your home is with a reliable basement sump pump. This appliance removes water from the basement, ensuring it remains dry.

But how do you know if you need a sump pump and which system to choose? Our guide explains what a sump pump is, its necessity, and how to get the best protection for your home.

What is a Sump Pump?

Let’s begin with the basics by explaining what a sump pump is and how it functions in your basement.

A sump pump is a vital device used for collecting and removing water from your basement. It is a key component of a comprehensive basement waterproofing system.

Here’s how it operates:

  • A sump pit is created by digging a hole in the lowest point of the basement.
  • A sump basin or liner that houses the pumping equipment is placed in the sump pit.
  • An interior drainage system that captures leaking water is placed in trenches throughout the basement’s perimeter.
  • These drains direct the water to the sump pump system.
  • The sump pump gathers water inside a basin.
  • When the water reaches a certain level in the basin, the pump activates.
  • The water is then pumped out through discharge lines, ensuring it is drained far away from your home.

Why Do I Need a Sump Pump?

You may be wondering if a sump pump is necessary and worth the time and investment. The answer is a resounding yes.

Even an occasional spot of water in your basement can cause significant damage. Moisture is your home’s No.1 enemy, leading to mold, structural instability, and unhealthy living conditions for your family.

As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s best to have a basement sump pump ready in case water inundates your home. Why worry every time it rains? Give yourself peace of mind by investing in a reliable sump pump system.

Signs You Need a Basement Sump Pump

Moisture problems come in all shapes and sizes. Here are some of the most common issues indicating it’s time to install or replace your basement sump pump:

Additionally, existing sump pumps can fail for many reasons, such as clogs, burnout, and age.

These issues won’t resolve themselves. If neglected, they cause ongoing damage and expensive repairs. Address them promptly, and contact a local basement waterproofing expert for assistance.

How Do I Choose a Basement Sump Pump?

Before purchasing a sump pump, it’s important to consider your home’s specific needs, including the size of your basement and the amount of water the sump pump must handle. You don’t want to inundate your sump pump because it is undersized and lacks the proper pumping capacity; this quickly leads to pump burnout and further damage, like flooding.

We do not recommend buying a sump pump from big-box stores or installing one yourself. Readily available systems may not be adequate for your basement water issues, and DIY installations can be difficult.

The best way to protect your home is to partner with a basement waterproofing expert like the Groundworks company serving your area. An experienced inspector will evaluate your home and recommend customized solutions, including which sump pump system is the right fit.

Advantages of Professional Sump Pumps

At Groundworks, we understand that each home is unique, and a one-size-fits-all sump pump is not going to cut it. We install several sump pump options to meet different needs, which sets our solutions apart from conventional options.

Our proprietary sump pumps are also superior because of these key features and benefits:

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  • Lasting cast iron pumps
  • Durable sump liner
  • Interior sump stands
  • Airtight lid
  • Water alarms
  • Antifreeze lines
  • Backup pump options
  • Compatible with other waterproofing solutions

Trust Groundworks for Reliable Basement Sump Pump Installation

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Protect what matters most with reliable basement waterproofing. Consider your basement waterproofing system like your body’s circulatory system. Interior drainage is crucial for capturing leaking water, but the sump pump serves as the heart of the system. Groundworks keeps that heart working with customized solutions, unmatched customer care, and ongoing maintenance protection.

Contact your local Groundworks company to schedule a free inspection. We look forward to helping you create a safe and healthy home you and your family can enjoy for years to come.

Basement Sump Pump FAQs

The cost varies depending on factors including the type of sump pump, the size of your basement, and other waterproofing installations. During a free inspection, your Groundworks inspector will provide you with an accurate cost breakdown of customized solutions—including a sump pump—along with various financing options.

We discourage DIY sump pump installations, as big-box store options are often expensive, temporary, and difficult to install. Don’t risk your home’s safety; trust your local Groundworks company to recommend basement waterproofing solutions customized to meet your needs.

Regular inspections are key to a properly functioning and long-lasting sump pump system. When Groundworks installs your basement sump pump, you can enroll in our annual maintenance program to ensure your system continues to protect your home.

Holly Richards-Purpura

Holly Richards-Purpura

Content Writer

Holly is a Content Writer for Groundworks who has written and edited web content for the foundation services industry for almost 10 years. With a background in journalism, her passion for the written word runs deep. Holly lives in Columbus, OH, with her husband. Along with educating homeowners, she also has a big heart for the Big Apple.