Everything You Need to Know About Sump Pumps

Seeing the basement of your home flooded is a nightmare that every homeowner dreads. Frequent accumulation of water not just makes your house more prone to mildew but also hampers the structural intactness of your home drastically.

This is where a good sump pump plays a vital role. At CJ Plumbing & Heating, we understand your needs and only suggest the solutions which best suit your requirements. Below, we have given a brief introduction about sump pumps and some guidelines which might help you in installing your next sump pump.

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

As sump pup tends to move t unwanted accumulated water from your basement out your home. The sump pump gets its name from the sump, which is a pit, or a hole which is carved below the main surface of your home. In this dug out pit, lies your pump. This pit is also called a basin.

The sump pump is attached with valves that sense the rising water levels and pressure levels. This is where the sump pump starts its job. The pump recognizes the increased water level in the basement and pumps out the excess water through a pipe to a designated area for draining the water.

Correct Drainage Spot

A sump pump should have a correct drainage spot designated to it, in order to ensure proper disposal of the water.

While installing a sump pump, ensure that the drainage point isn’t somewhere which might lead the water back to your place. Keep the pump 10 to 20 feet away from your home’s foundation. Make sure that you consult the local government’s codes regarding sump pumps in your locality.

In order to ensure proper drainage of the water, you might have to add a few more metres of drainage pipe.

Sump Pumps: What are the types?


  • Submersible Pumps: As the name suggests, these pumps lie submerged and closed in your home’s basement, in a basin. Being submerged in the basin, they tend to be quieter than its counterparts. However, the submersion of water in the basin might not make it a durable option for your basement.
  • Pedestal Sump Pump: It has a separate motor and pump. In this scenario, the motor sits on a pedestal which is situated above the basin. It has a larger lifespan. However, these pumps tend to be louder than their submerged counterparts.
  • Battery Sump Pump: A battery-operated sump pump is a good way to stay prepared. A battery-operated sump pump allows your pump to operate on the battery, even when your power is out.
  • Water Powered Sump Pump: This sump pump helps you to clear the water in your basin through increased water pressure. However, a water-powered pump might use a lot of water.


Sump Pump At CJ Plumbing & Heating

We at CJ Plumbing & Heating, know what you require. If you need to get a new sump pump altogether or just want to get it replaced, we do it all. Whatever kind of sump pump fits your requirements, our team of trained professionals ensure that we make it work.