Posted on 5/7/2014

Flooding in your basement can cause serious damage to the structural integrity of your home. During heavy rains or other inclement weather events, your home may be at risk of flooding and experiencing water damage. Fortunately, a properly maintained sump pump can keep your home dry and safe from a flooding emergency. Here is a closer look at how a sump pump works, and why these devices are an essential part of every home.

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Water Activates the Pump
A sump pump is installed in the basement of a home in an area called a sump pit. The sump pit is designed to collect water as it enters the basement. After the water reaches a certain level in the pit, a sensor will activate the sump pump. Once the sump pump has turned on, the device will start removing water from the pit and surrounding areas of the basement.

Centrifugal Pumping Power
Your sump pump relies on a phenomenon known as centrifugal force in order to clear water from your basement. Inside the sump pump, you will find a powerful motor. This motor, once activated, will cause the sump pump to spin rapidly. As the sump pump spins, it creates a centrifuge that diverts water up and away from your basement.

Sump Pump Styles
Your home may contain one of two sump pump styles. Submersible sump pumps are installed inside of the sump pit, and this pump becomes totally submerged in water. Another popular sump pump style is called a pedestal pump. Pedestal pumps are placed on a platform above the pit.

At Arrow Plumbing, Inc., we will be happy to answer all of your questions about your home’s plumbing system. When you contact our Libertyville offices, our plumbers will be there to assist you with all of your plumbing needs. To learn more about the quality plumbing services that we have to offer you, call us at (847) 549-9600.