Sump Pumps – What are They, How do They Work, and Why do I Need One?

You may have heard neighbors talk about needing a sump pump or their sump pumps kicking in during a hard rain. As a homeowner, a sump pump is a device that you will hear about, but may not fully understand what it does or why it is important to have one!

At A&J Property Restoration, we assist homeowners that have experienced water damage, some of which could have been prevented with the help of a sump pump. Let’s talk about the basics of this common household appliance and how they can keep your home water damage free.

What is a Sump Pump, Exactly? 

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A sump pump is a common device in most homes. There are several types that come in various sizes depending on the size and severity of the water problem. The sump pump is installed in the lowest part of the home. It’s sole purpose is to draw water away from your home and back outside where it belongs.

Typically, sump pumps are installed in a pit of its own, called a sump pit. When water comes into your home through rain, snow, or any other means, drains draw the water into the sump pit. From here, the sump pump kicks into gear and draws the water out of the pit and away from your home so the basement remains dry.

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

The great thing about a sump pump is that once it is installed, it runs on its own. The sump pump will sit in the specially designed pit. As water fills the pit, the sump pump will turn on automatically. It pulls water through the pipes and out a drain away from the home and foundation.

This pipe typically has a valve that keeps the water from flowing back inside the pit, effectively keeping the water out of the home.

A sump pump is controlled by a pressure sensor. When the sensor is trigger, the sump pump turns on. It is important to keep the pressure sensor clean and well maintained to keep your sump pump in working order! Yearly checks of your pressure valve are helpful to keep the sump pump in working order. It maybe time to replace the unit if the pressure valve is not causing the sump pump to turn on.

Why do I Need a Sump Pump?

As we talked about, the primary purpose of a sump pump is to keep water away from your home. Most water damage occurs when a home is not fully protected or equiped to handle excess ground water. A sump pump takes away the worry, and quite literally, takes away the water.

Keeping moisture away from your home prevents mold and mildew, which can lead to bigger problems in your home if not treated quickly. If you are unsure if a sump pump is right for you, here are five signs that your home may need a sump pump.

Some homes may not need a sump pump. Those living in a dry climate with little rain may be exempt from needing a sump pump. If your home’s never experienced any standing water or have any moisture problems, a sump pump may not be necessary either.

Contact A&J today for water damage clean up emergencies and services by A&J Specialty Services Inc DKI of Madison, Sun Prairie, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, WisconsinWhile water damage is never something homeowners like to experience, a disaster can still strike at any moment. At A&J Property Restoration, we are always available, 24/7, for water, fire, or other emergency needs. Contact us for more information and to schedule our team of experts for a consultation today.