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Vital Information About Sump Pumps

If you ever experienced a flood in your basement, you know how costly it can be. But all of the stress and mess could have been avoided with the installation of a sump pump. Below are the answers to some of the most common questions our staff answers when discussing a sump pump installation with our customers.

What Is A Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a small and affordable system used to remove water from your basement. There is a sump hole or pit located at the lowest point of the basement where water can accumulate without causing any damage. When the water reaches a designated level, it automatically activates the pump, which moves the water out through a discharge line. This line is run to a location away from your home’s foundation.

How Big Is The Sump Pit?

In most cases, the pit is about 15 to 25 gallons in capacity. The pit is often two to three feet across. But the depth can vary depending on the type and size of the pump.

Who Should Have A Sump Pump?

If any part of your home’s structure is underground, there is always the potential for flooding. Even if the space is only a cellar or basement used for storage, it must remain dry and free from water and mold. The best way to ensure the safety of any underground space is a sump pump. The system is simple and affordable to install. But it can save you tens of thousands of dollars in water damage and mold contamination.

How Does Water Get Into The Basement?

There are three common causes of water in a basement or cellar. The first is a broken water line. Any water line running through your basement could wear out and suddenly begin to flood the space. 

The second potential flood could come from a high water table under your home. While easy access to groundwater is good, you don’t want it to seep into your home from the surrounding soil. 

And finally, the weather could be to blame for a flooded basement. A sudden downpour can result in water standing against the foundation of your home and leaking through cracks or even window frames. The other common weather event that triggers a flood is a spring thaw. All of the snow around your home’s foundation melts quickly and begins to seep in through imperfections in the foundation.

How Does One Sump Pump Serve The Entire Basement

The sump pit is carefully located at the lowest point of your basement. This ensures that all water leaking into any part of the basement will grain via gravity to the sump pit.

Our Sump Pumps Electric?

Most sump pumps use electricity. This system ensures that the pump can be automatically actuated by a float valve assembly in the sump pit. Any time water accumulated and lifts the float, it turns the pump on to remove the water. However, it is critical that you have a battery backup in place in the event of a power failure. Because storms that dump much rain can also knock out your home’s power, it is essential to have a backup in place to avoid a flood.

Are There Multiple Types Of Sump Pumps?

There are pedestal and submersible sump pumps available. The pedestal version sits above the sump pump pit and is easier to service. The submersible units are inside the hole.


To learn more about installing a sump pump in your home, call (912) 225-4056. The licensed plumbers at Thompson & Thompson Service Group have decades of experience installing these systems throughout the community.

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