A sump pump is an essential part of your home’s drainage system. It is a pump installed in the lowest part of the basement, used to pump out water that has collected in a basin. The sump basin is set up to collect any accumulating water that enters from drains that are part of the basement’s waterproofing system. The water that might come from rain, damaged plumbing or ground water, funnels to the basin and then is safely pumped out of your home before it can cause damage.
Your sump pump is likely hidden away in the sump pit, out of sight beneath your flooring. There will be an access panel in the floor, so technicians can get at it for repairs or to replace it. Sometimes the sump pump is visibly located in the utility room. Because water damage caused by flooding can be disastrous to your home, you want to make sure your sump pump is in good working order and well-maintained.
Otherwise, you could end up with some very expensive damage should flooding occur. Sump pumps used to be used only in climates or areas where heavy rain and regular flooding is a problem, but nowadays, they’re typically included in new home builds across the country. They can help remove dampness downstairs, sending water away. Sump pumps must be installed in compliance with any plumbing code or local bylaws in your specific municipality.
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