April 22, 2020 • In Plumbing • 1 Min Read

What's the Point of a Sump Pump?



With the arrival of spring and its warmer weather, there usually is an increase in flooded basements. This is due to an increase in ground-water from thawing and an increase in rainy weather. Additionally, with the ground surrounding your home absorbing the heat that comes from your house, it remains unfrozen throughout winter. This creates a perfect space for water to drain into, while everything else is frozen. A sump pump keeps this water from making its way into your home and protects it from flooding.

What Exactly Is a Sump Pump?

Sump pumps were made to take excess water that drains into your home and pump it outside. The sump pump is typically located at the lowest point in your home’s basement in an area called the sump pit. The sump pit is a hole that is about 2 feet deep and 18 inches wide. As the sump pit fills with water, a float activator arm or pressure sensor automatically turns on the pump. When the pump turns on, it drains water to a spot away from your foundation where it won’t make its way back into your home. Additionally, sump pumps are equipped with a check valve which ensures the water draining from your house does not flow right back into the sump pump.

What are the benefits?

Having a sump pump comes with numerous benefits that help defend your home against flooded basements. Some of these benefits include:

  • Decreasing the chance of your basement baseboards getting water damage
  • Helping to protect your basement walls from peeling
  • Reducing the chances of mold, mildew, and other fungi growth
  • Helping to keep your basement humidity levels low and improving indoor air quality
  • Helping to maintain your home’s foundation
  • Protecting basement appliances, such as washers and dryers
  • Preventing termites and other insect invasions

Sump pumps give you extra peace of mind to know you’re protecting your biggest investment–your home–from potential water damage.

Call GEM for a FREE sump pump estimate today.

And if you have an issue you just need a little extra support with, try our new Remote Assist offering! Get virtual support for common repairs from the comfort of your home. Learn more about Remote Assist here.

Featured Related Articles

November 20, 2019 • 2 Min Read

Commercial Grease Trap Maintenance

Grease traps are the number one most important part of any commercial kitchen plumbing system. Grease traps separate the fat,...

Continue reading

October 24, 2019 • 4 Min Read

Got a Clogged Toilet? Unclogging Your Toilet Got Much Easier

The unclogging process doesn’t have to be messy or gross… But we all know that it CAN be. Here are...

Continue reading

October 22, 2019 • 5 Min Read

Basic Questions People Ask When Buying New Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures

Not a plumbing expert? Not to worry. We are here to answer all of your bathroom-related plumbing questions. Here are...

Continue reading

October 21, 2019 • 2 Min Read

Low Water Pressure? Here’s How to Fix It

Nothing is quite as terrible as a low water pressure shower. There you are, expecting a thorough head massage from...

Continue reading