Posted on 4/27/2012


If your home has a basement, one of the most important devices that you can have is a sump pump. Keeping your sump pump maintained is essential for preserving the integrity of your home. A certified plumber can provide necessary inspections and repairs to ensure that your sump pump is in working order. Continue reading to learn more about sump pumps and how they work:

Sump Pump

Purpose of Sump Pumps

The lowest point in your basement, called the sump, can easily collect water as it seeps through the walls from outside. If your basement gathers water, you may be facing costly water damage repairs in your home. A sump pump can be used to pump water from your sump back to the outside of your home. Installing and maintaining a sump pump in your home will ensure that your sump and basement do not become flooded.

Sump Pump Activation

In order to keep water out of your basement, a sump pit is dug at the lowest point in the floor. The sump pump is installed in this pit. You may have a submersible pump, which rests in the water, or a pedestal pump, which sits outside of the water. As water enters your basement, it will flow to the lowest point and into the sump pit. A float activator arm or pressure sensor is used to detect water, turning the pump on automatically when the water level reaches a certain point.

Sump Pump Operation

After the sump pump has been activated by the presence of water, a motor is used to pump water out of the basement through a pipe. This discharge pipe leads to a point outside of your home where the water can safely drain away. The pipe is fitted with a one-way valve that prevents water from flowing back into your basement.

The professional plumbing team at Arrow Plumbing, Inc. in Libertyville can install and maintain the right sump pump for your home. To have your sump pump checked out or replaced in the Lake Forest and Libertyville area, give us a call at (847) 549-9600.