Sump Pump Basics

A sump pump consists of two components, which are right there in the name: the pump itself, and the sump. The sump refers to the collection point where all the water in a basement or crawlspace flows. Plumbers determine the best location for the sump so that water will move naturally toward it, and then excavate the sump pit.

The pump itself is an electrically powered device that uses impeller motors to draw water from the sump and remove it to either the wastewater system or a well. The pump is designed to activate automatically when water starts to enter the sump.

The Different Types of Sump Pumps

Sump pumps come in different power levels, but they all fall into one of two distinct categories:

  • Pedestal sump pumps: This sump pump, as the name implies, stands on a pedestal over the sump. A pipe from the pump runs down into the pit, and the impeller motors draw water up from the sump before sending it to the wastewater system. These pumps use more energy, but they are easy to maintain and have long service lives.
  • Submersible sump pumps: This type of sump pump sits down in the sump itself, and draws water directly into it. The impeller motors push the water through a pipe that comes out of the sump and then moves into the wastewater system. These are energy–efficient sump pumps, but the exposure to water means they can wear down sooner than pedestal pumps.

What model is right for your new sump pump installation? Simply ask our plumbers and they’ll guide you the right one to meet your needs.

Sump Pump Repair and Sump Pump Maintenance

You want to make sure that the preventive device is always prepared to, well, prevent problems. A sump pump in the Burlington, VT area can end up doing a great deal of work over its service life to handle excess water from snowmelt and flooding, and that stress can lead to the need for repairs.

We recommend that you test your sump pump before the storm season each year by pouring water into the sump to see that it activates. If it won’t, call our plumbers to have it fixed. We can also arrange to do sump pump maintenance as part of your routine plumbing maintenance. In cases where your pump is beyond repair, we’ll take care of a sump pump replacement.

No matter what sump pump services you require, call on Red Rock Mechanical, LLC in our Burlington offices and we’ll arrange to get the job done—and done right the first time.