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What Is a Sump Pump?


Protecting your home’s foundation is essential with our unpredictable weather. A sump pump is the answer. It’s not just a piece of equipment; it’s your first line of defense against water damage in your basement or crawl space.

Carolina Foundation Solutions is your local sump pump installation expert. Call us at (877) 770-7050 to schedule your in-home evaluation today.

How Do Sump Pumps Work?

A sump pump moves water away from your home, preventing flooding from your basement, crawl space, and lower levels. It can help to protect your family and home from severe water damage.

Sump pumps collect excess water from your basement or crawl space and pump it out through a discharge pipe. The pump goes into a sump pit, a small, waterproof basin dug in the lowest part of your basement or crawl space. The pit is usually lined with concrete or plastic and has a cover to keep out debris.

The sump pump activates when the water level in the pit reaches a certain point. This is typically triggered by a float switch, a device that senses the water level and activates the pump when it reaches a predetermined level. The pump starts pumping the water out of the pit and through the discharge pipe.

The discharge pipe is typically routed to an exterior drain, such as a storm drain or sewer line. In some cases, the discharge pipe routes to a dry well, a hole in the ground filled with gravel or rocks. The dry well helps to absorb the water and prevent it from seeping back into your home.

Signs You Need a Sump Pump in NC & SC

Here are five signs that your home needs a new sump pump:

  1. Your home is at a lower elevation, near a river, or at the bottom of a hill
  2. Frequent rainfall or flash flooding in your area.
  3. Your basement has flooded in the past
  4. You have a finished basement
  5. Your current sump pump isn’t working effectively

Parts of a Sump Pump

Knowing the parts of a sump pump is critical to understanding how it keeps your home safe. Each piece plays a role in keeping water out of your basement and away from your foundation. Let’s take a closer look at the anatomy of a sump pump.

  • Sump pit: A basin under your home, lined with plastic or concrete, that collects water.
  • Pump: a motorized device that moves water out of the pit.
  • Float switch: Activates the pump when the water level rises.
  • Check valve: Prevents the pumped-out water from flowing back into the pit.
  • Discharge line: Pathway through which the water exits the home.

Types of Sump Pumps Available

Homeowners in North and South Carolina can choose from different sump pump types:

  • Submersible pumps: These sit inside the sump pit and are ideal for homes prone to frequent flooding.
  • Pedestal pumps: These have a motor mounted above the sump and are suitable for smaller sump pits.
  • Battery-backed pumps: These provide backup power during outages, ensuring continuous operation.

Schedule Sump Pump Services With Carolina Foundation Solutions

Protect your home from the ground up with CFS, your trusted local experts in foundation and crawl space solutions since 2002. Our range of sump pump services, tailored to North and South Carolina homes’ unique needs, ensures your peace of mind during heavy rains and floods.

Contact our team at (877) 770-7050 for your free home health checkup and ensure your sump pump is in top condition!

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