What is a Sump Pump and Do I Need One?

//What is a Sump Pump and Do I Need One?
Plumber kneeling on the floor working on a sump pump.

Does your home need a sump pump? Does it already have one? Do you even know? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here’s all the info you need on sump pumps. 


What is a Sump Pump, Anyway?

Sump pumps prevent flooding and divert moisture away from your home by pumping excess water from the lowest point in your home. In addition to flooding, a sump pump also helps prevent mildew, mold, and fungus.

There are different types of sump pumps, but they are always installed at the lowest point of the basement’s floor.

Sump pumps are a good idea for most homes that have basements, particularly those that are located in low-lying areas or places that have high humidity and get a lot of moisture. Sometimes you may need a sump pump for home insurance policies in order to be covered for basement flood damage.

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You Probably Need a Sump Pump if:

  • Your basement has flooded in the past
  • You live in a low-lying or flat area
  • You live in an area that gets a large amount of snow or rain
  • Your current sump pump is over 6 years old

Because Edmonton is a relatively flat, low-lying area, sump pumps are generally a good idea in our city.


Types of Sump Pumps


Submersible sump pumps are entirely covered and have a lid, making them much more durable and longer lasting than pedestal pumps. Submersible sump pumps are generally recommended because they are so long lasting and require little maintenance. 

When choosing a sump pump, upgrade to a pump with a cast iron core over a plastic core as cast iron is much more durable and has a significantly longer lifespan. We recommend having a backup battery for your sump pump so that it keeps working if there is a power failure.

If you need a sump pump repaired, installed, replaced, or would like to find out whether you need one in your home, talk to our trusted Edmonton plumbers today.

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