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What Is A Sump Pump & Should It Be Inspected?

It was 2008 in the middle of the winter season. The Grand Forks Herald reported that icy patches were covering the streets--but it wasn't due to the cold precipitation. In actuality, the problem was caused by run-off from household sump pumps being met with the subfreezing temps. However, in spite of how much upset the runoff was causing for pedestrians and motorists, the sump pumps were doing something very important: preventing floods in household basements.

A sump pump is basically a small pump that is installed into the lowest portion of a crawlspace or basement. Its job? Keep the building dry so that it doesn't flood. Typically, a sump pump will be placed into a sump pit, a carefully constructed area for it to sit. The water will then flow and drain into the pit, and the sump pump will work to pump the water out. The water will be pumped out and away from the building to keep the crawlspace or basement area dry.

About 60% of American homes have an issue with wetness below ground level. However, more homeowners than this will probably deal with a flooded basement eventually. And, it doesn't take a lot of water to cost a homeowner thousands in damages. Moisture in your basement can also lead to mildew and mold, causing health hazards.