Sump Pumps


Basement flooding is most often caused by water build up in the soil that makes its way into your basement. There are many ways for water to enter and many ways to prevent it from entering. A sump pump on the other hand is a last defense against flooding because it pumps out water from the lowest section of the basement before the water level reaches the basement floor level. As groundwater level rises it is diverted into the sump hole. When the water reaches what is called ‘the critical level’, the sump pump begins to pump it out through a pipe that leads outside and away from your foundation.

Sump pumps are used in basements to take water and moisture out to prevent damage to the basement. The sump pumps are then connected to an outside hose for draining into the yard. You never want to hook your sump pumps into the sewer systems. If this is the case, you are going to need a licensed plumber to come in and reroute the plumbing. Some homeowners in the past just tapped into the sewer systems and it has caused problems. It is illegal to tap into sewer systems with a sump pump. If you find that your home has a pump draining into the sewer, call a plumber to have this corrected.

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