If you live in Dover, DE, you may have heard about sump pumps and wondered how they work. The plumbers at Boulden Plumbing have been offering high quality plumbing services throughout the Dover, DE area for many years. We’ve installed, repaired and maintained sump pumps in many homes. We thought it would be helpful if we put together a simple explanation of how they work and the benefit they are to your home.
Sump Pump Installation
A good place to start in explaining how sump pumps work is to start with their installation. Here are the basic steps.
- The first step is to dig a hole in the lowest point of the house (typically the basement)
- Following that, a perforated plastic sleeve is lowered into the hole that will hold the sump pump and allow water into it.
- The sump pump and an activator float are placed in the hole.
- A long plastic ejector pipe is attached to the sump pump and run outside your home.
How Sump Pumps Work
As water starts to fill your basement it will naturally flow to the lowest point and begin to fill the sump pump’s hole. When the water rises high enough, the float will activate the sump pump. The pump will push the water up and out of your house.
Sump Pump Benefits
If you’ve ever heard of someone who came back from vacation to a flooded home then you know why sump pumps are important. Sump pumps protect your home from flooding and water damage. They can potentially save your home from thousands of dollar in damage. Additionally, water damage can also cause slab and foundation problems that can cost even more to fix.