What is a sump pump?

A sump pump is a system that is used to remove water that has accumulated in a sump basin. These systems are usually installed in the basement of homes and apartments.
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Updated on August 25, 2016


What is a sump pump?

A sump pump is a device that is used to remove unwanted water from the lowest level of a home or building. Sump pumps are commonly installed to prevent basement flooding. When the sump pump basin fills with water, a switch is activated and the pump is able to direct water away from the home's foundation before any flooding occurs. The water is typically pumped through a subsurface pipe to a ground level location where the water can drain away and not cause damage.