How Does a Sump Pump Work?

by | Dec 13, 2016 | Water Pump

If you live in a home with a basement, then in all probability you have a sump pump. Many people, even those who have sump pumps, do not have a real understanding of how it is they work. Sump pumps Southeast England are designed to prevent basements from flooding. Typically, the basement of a home is below ground level, whether the soil becomes overly saturated with water then it can leak into the basement. Leaks or flooding can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs and damages.

The Mechanics of How the Pump Works

In general, the pump will set either in a hole or just above a hole in your basement floor. The whole is where any water that enters the basement will pool and it is called either the sump hole or the sump pit. Once enough water as filled the sump hole, the sump pump will come on and start pumping water out of the basement into one or more pipes. The water can be drained away into your yard away from your foundation or into the home’s drainage system dependent on how the sump system is set up.

How the Pump is Powered

Typically, a sump pump will be more directly into your home’s electrical system, what do you do if there is a flood and the electricity goes out? That is why it is vital that your pump system is backed up by a battery or generator. If your basement is ever going to flood, it will probably be during a storm so it is best to be more than less prepared. To avoid problems, make sure that your sump pit is at least 18 inches wide and 22 inches or more deep so that the pump’s float does not get hung up. If you are looking for some of the best in sump pumps in South East England, contact Alton Pumps HCP Pumps UK.

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