What is a Sump Pump?

Water is a valuable resource that we depend on for life. However, too much of it in your home can spell disaster and cause hundreds of dollars in damage to your home and furniture.

In the Atlanta area, one of the biggest culprits of water damage in homes is basement flooding. A sump pump can prevent flooding and help avoid the costly repairs associated with water damage.

How it Works

A sump is a pit or basin beneath your basement floor. During storms or when the groundwater level is above your basement floor, water drains into the sump pit. When the water level reaches a certain point, the sump pump turns on and pumps the water out of and away from your home, preventing costly water damage and flooding.

You May Need a Sump Pump If…

In Atlanta, we get a relatively frequent rainfall throughout the year. If you are not prepared, the rain can flood your basement or cause damage to your foundation. Sump pumps are highly recommended if:

  • You have a basement – Large amounts of rain can leave the ground around your basement saturated, often leading to flooding. Without a sump pump to remove the water from around your basement, you may be left with water damage and high repair bills.
  • Your home is in a low-lying area – If your home sits at a lower elevation than the area and homes around you, rainwater from a storm can collect around your home and cause damage to your foundation. It is highly recommended you install a sump pump to prevent future problems.

Types of Sump Pumps

There are two basic types of sump pumps used in Atlanta area homes.

  • Pedestal Sump Pumps – These may also be referred to as column type or upright sump pumps. With pedestal sump pumps, the motor is mounted on the shaft and sits outside the sump pit and above the floor.
  • Submersible Sump Pumps – These pumps are made to be completely submersed in the sump pit. The motor is sealed within water-tight housing. Submersible sump pumps are designed to be completely hidden within the sump basin.

A sump pump helps reduce the chance one of our rainstorms will permanently damage your home or basement.

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