Whenever our basement waterproofing technicians are called to clean up a flooded basement, our first action is to check the sump pump. And, in most cases, it is not working properly and the homeowners had no idea that there was anything wrong with it. This is why we decided to prepare this article.
So, what is a sump pump used for and how does it work to prevent basement flooding?
Let us start with a simple explanation. A sump pump consists of a pit situated below the basement floor level. This pit, called the basin, contains a pump equipped with valves. A discharge line, called the effluent, directs pumped water away from your building and into a designated drainage area. The drainage area can be a dry well, a body of water or a yard sloped away from the home.