What is a Sump Pump Used For? And More Sump Pump Questions

So, what is a sump pump used for? If you are asking yourself this question, you should consider yourself lucky! If you’ve never had to use a sump pump then you’ve never experienced water in your home. Sump pumps are used where basement flooding happens regularly and to solve dampness where the water table is above the foundation of a home. Sump pumps send water away from a house to any place where it is no longer problematic like the city storm drains. At Gander Plumbing, we are experts in the sump pump in Rochester and surrounding areas and are here to tell you more about them and how they could be used to benefit your home. And, if you are having any trouble with your sump pump, do not hesitate to give us a call! We offer sump pump repair, replacement and more!

What is a sump pump used for?

When it comes to the sump pump, it is there to collect water in a basin and push it away from your home. The collected water can be returned to a dry well or the city’s storm drains. What matters is that the water is being direct away from your home and not right back into the flow that’s entering your home.

Older homes used to tie the sump pump directly into a city’s sewer system. This kind of system can overburden the sewer system so it is no longer compliant with city codes. If you see this at your own home, it is important to call a plumber well versed in sump pumps, like those at Gander Plumbing, to redirect the line.

How does a sump pump work?

The sump pump is an electric motor that turns an impeller to move water within the basin. As the impeller pushes water away, more will flow into fill the void near the impeller. This then forces water to move out through the pipe in the basin and as it leaves through the pipe, a valve blocks the water from returning, leaving it only route to escape.

Should you have your sump pump tested or inspected?

Yes! It is important to test your sump pump regularly. When you need it to operate, you won’t have time to spend on fixing it. Once water moves into your basement it is there to stay unless you act fast, and even an inch of water can cause a lot of damage.

And, these are just some important things to know about your sump pump. Still have more questions? To learn more about your sump pump in Rochester or if you need sump pump repair or replacement, contact the experts at Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540, or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.

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