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A sump pump helps prevent flooding and water damage in the basement by pumping excess water away water away from the home’s foundation. A sump pump is especially crucial in areas that are prone to heavy rain or flooding. A faulty sump pump can lead to water damage and excess moisture in the basement, which can lead to secondary problems, such as mold. A sump pump plays an essential role in basement waterproofing and should be properly maintained, repaired, or replaced when necessary.

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What is a sump pump and how does it work?

A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a sump pit to prevent flooding. A sump pump is typically installed in the lowest part of the basement or crawl space. Water enters the sump pit through a drainage system or by natural migration through the soil. The sump pump pumps water out of the pit and away from the foundation, typically to an outside dry well.

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How long does a sump pump last?

The average life expectancy of a sump pump is around 10 years. If you don’t know how old your sump pump is or if you have noticed signs of a worn or failed sump pump, you should have your sump pump inspected as soon as possible.

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Do I need a sump pump?

If you are in an area with a high water table that’s prone to flooding, you need a sump pump. Before installing a sump pump, consider all the options to stop water from entering your home through the foundation. For example, gutters that are installed properly and kept clean can help divert rainwater away from the foundation.

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How much does a sump pump cost?

The cost of your sump pump is highly dependent on the type and size of the pump you choose. Cast iron sump pumps are more expensive than plastic pumps. For example, submersible cast iron pumps typically cost anywhere between $150-$1700 on average. A sump pump system with multiple pumps or features such as a battery back-up and alarm will cost more than a standard sump pump. The cost of your sump pump installation also depends on the contractor you use and the type of sump pump you need.

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What type of sump pump do I need?

Choosing the right sump pump for your home depends on your preference and budget. There are two main types of sump pumps that are most commonly installed in homes: submersible and pedestal. Both types work basically the same way. Submersible pumps allow the sump pit to be covered with a lid, reducing noise and preventing debris from falling into the pit. An airtight lid also helps keep moist air from being released into your home. A cast iron core helps dissipate heat, which can lengthen the pump’s lifespan. A battery backup pump can be installed for protection during a power outage.

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What are some signs I need to replace my sump pump?

There are several signs that could indicate that your sump pump needs repairing or replacing.

  • Irregular cycling
  • Strange noises
  • Constant running
  • Excessive vibration
  • Pump has stopped working

A qualified sump pump contractor can help you avoid these problems by servicing your sump pump. Before you replace your sump pump entirely, you should have your system inspected by a professional.

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