A sump pump is a small pump installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace. Its job is to help keep the area under the building dry and to prevent it from flood ing. Usually, sump pumps are installed in specially constructed sump pits. Water flows into the sump pit through drains or by natural water migration through the soil. The sump pump's job is to pump the water out of the pit and away from the building so the basement or crawlspace stays dry.
According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, more than 60 percent of American homes suffer from below-ground wetness [source: Basement Systems]. But even more homeowners are likely to have to deal with a flooded basement at some point. It doesn't take much water to cause thousands of dollars of damage. A moist basement can also lead to mold and mildew growth, bringing with it all its related health and breathing hazards.
Sump crock pumps have been a common fixture in some homes for years, primarily in low-lying areas or places where r apid melting of heavy snow can lead to flooded basements. However, legislation, including amendments to the U.S. Federal Clean Water Act in 1987, has made sump pumps a requirement in homes that aren't necessarily at a high risk for flooding. Today, sump pumps are common in new construction homes.
Properly operating Sump Pumps are incredibly important especially here in the Waterford, West Bloomfield, Commerce, and the Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake area. Why especially important here you may ask? We are surrounded by many beautiful lakes, but because of all the lakes, our area has a higher than average water table. High water tables are usually associated with living around large bodies of water, however it is this high water table that will allow water to quickly inundate low area rapidly when a sump pumps fails. Therefore, it is very important to replace old sump pump before failure, or to add a backup sump pump to take over and notify you when your primary sump pump fails.