What Is a Sump Pump? How Does a Sump Pump Work

What Is a Sump Pump How Does a Sump Pump Work

There are exciting things to buy for your home, and then there are disappointing, but necessary purchases, such as a sump pump. 

This device falls into the second category, right along with new water heaters, and fixing HVAC issues. Unless you’ve experienced a flooded basement, however, it’s entirely possible you’ve never heard of this type of pump before.

Today, we’ll cover what it is, how it works, and what it is used for.

What Is a Sump Pump?

While the rhyming name may seem somewhat whimsical, “sump” simply refers to any low space that collects water or unwanted chemicals. The pump, then, performs the function of removing said unwanted liquids. The most common application you’ll see for these types of pumps are in basements or crawl spaces. 

What Is a Sump Pump Used For?

Basements are notoriously susceptible to experiencing moisture or flooding, particularly if they lie under the water table. The water can enter through perimeter drains, window wells, or even up through the ground, often due to excessive rainwater. For this kind of flooding or water removal, a pump is essential to help keep your home mold and mildew-free. The pump works to remove any liquid or water that collects, and drain it away from the home to a safer location, such as a storm drain or well.

How Does It Work?

The pump usually sits in what is known as the sump pit. When water reaches the pump, it is activated and begins to pump the water away. There are two main types of pump styles: pedestal, and submersible. The first type has a motor that sits above the sump pit, drawing water up into the pump. The second style features a motor that lies submerged in the pit, pushing water up and out of it. Many pumps require electricity to run, which can be problematic if a big storm knocks the power out. It’s also important to have a ground fault circuit interrupter installed for safety shut-off, since you are mixing water and electricity.

How Much Does it Cost to Put In a Pump?

There are a range of different products and types of pumps, creating a range in prices. The price for the pump itself may not be too costly–you can purchase one in the $120 range. The real expense comes from installation. Installing a pump is not an easy process, and is best left to professional plumbers. The correct location in the basement needs to be identified, where the greatest amount of water collects. Digging out the sump pit must be precise, and can be difficult as well, since the hole is usually 2 feet across and 2 to 3 feet deep. Installing a pump will likely run about $1,000 for installation, but this is money well-spent if it prevents you from having to deal with flood damage. Turn to the best plumbing services in Provo for help installing a pump.

Call In the Professionals at Quick Quality Plumbing

When installing a sump pump, it’s best to call in a pro. If you’re looking for a plumber in Utah County that you can trust, look no further than Quick Quality Plumbing. We can answer all your questions about what type of pump to install in your basement, and everything you need to know about maintaining it and preventing flooding. Give us a call at (801) 763-7835 or reach out online to schedule an appointment.