How A Sump Pump Works

It’s really pretty simple. To start, We need to did a sump pit in your crawl space or basement. This pit is always dug at the lowest point of your space, because that’s where water will flow or pool when there’s flooding. Then, we place the sump pump down in the pit and hook it up. After that, the pump stays quiet until the water level in the pit rises above a certain point. That triggers the pump to turn on. Once it starts pumping, it moves the water out of the house to the storm drains outdoors.

Types of Sump Pumps

types of sump pumps

There are two types of sump pumps: one is submerged in water in the pit and should never be allowed to become dry. It’s essentially hidden, and most often installed in basements that are finished or in use as laundry rooms, storage, or workshop areas. The other type of pump sits on top of a pedestal.They are generally used where the sump it is shallow or very narrow. They do require less space that a submerged pump, but they are obvious. Most homeowners prefer the submersible sump pump because they are not visible, are
cooled by the water they sit in, and less noisy. A pedestal pump will certainly do the job, but it will be noisier. They do offer the advantage of easier maintenance.

But Colorado is a Fairly Dry State

That may be true, but even in our dry climate, groundwater does accumulate after strong rainstorms. And rapid melting of heavy snows or hail can create soggy ground and an abundance of groundwater. Left standing, this water can seep into your basement through cracks in the foundation. And some properties are built on low spots, where water tends to accumulate. There are also areas where the water level is unusually high, and you may not be aware of that. A sump pump keeps moving water away from your home when needed. And that can save the foundation, the basement rooms, or the crawl space, which will save you money in repairs. Even without obvious flooding, continuous damp can cause mold and mildew to grow.That’s unsightly, and may cause allergies.The sump pump helps eliminate that.

Sump Pump Maintenance is a Must

As the pump collects and moves water, it may also accumulate dirt, gravel, organic debris or sand. Annual cleaning by a plumber is highly recommended. A good cleaning ensures proper functioning, and will extend the life of the pump. It also increase the pump’s efficiency, as the water can flow unimpeded.

Sump Pump Warning Signs

The pump cycles on and off frequently.
It takes a long time for the water to drain.
The pump is noticeably noisier.
The pump isn’t turning on and water is not draining from the pit.
The pit area has a foul smell.

You can expect a well-maintained sump pump to last 10 years or more, but if you notice a warning sign, call us immediately.

The Master Plumbers of High Country Plumbing are experts, providing plumbing services to Windsor, CO, Greeley, CO, and surrounding communities. When it comes to sump pump repair and sump pump replacement Windsor, CO, give us a call for prompt, quality service. You can learn more about sump pumps here.