An open sump pump

Sump Pumps: What Are They?

Those unfamiliar with a sump pump might wonder what it is and if they should have one. It's commonly thought that the terms "septic tank" and "sump pump" can be used interchangeably, but that's not the case. 

A septic tank is a closed system built away from the home that is used to manage and filter waste. While septic tanks do use pumps to push waste through pipes into drain fields, sump pumps have a very different job to do.

What Is a Sump Pump? 

To define a sump pump, it's important to understand what a sump is. A sump is simply a hole or a pit that's dug under the basement or crawl space floor during the construction of a house. Also called a basin, it collects groundwater before it seeps into the foundation and causes flooding or damage. When the sump is full, the sump pump redirects the water away from the home through an attached pipe.

Are There Different Kinds of Sump Pumps?

Builders choose between two primary types of sump pumps, depending on the size of the home:

  • Submersible pumps: As the name suggests, this type is placed completely underwater in the sump.
  • Pedestal pumps: Ideal for smaller basins, the bases of these pumps are submerged, but the motor is not.

Who Needs a Sump Pump?

While they're critical to homes with a need for them, not all homes require sump pumps. If the home is in a valley or other low-lying area with a high water table or in an area that experiences large volumes of rain, it is likely susceptible to flooding and would benefit from a sump pump. Some homeowners also opt for one if they plan to store expensive or otherwise valuable items in their basements as an added layer of potential flood protection. For those who already have a sump pump, replacement is recommended once every 10 years or sooner, depending on the quality of the groundwater.

Septic tank systems and sump pumps might be completely different, but at Darrell Crews Septic Tanks, we take care of them both. If you're in need of a sump pump replacement or septic tank maintenance, let our reputable team resolve your issue. Call us today at 904.923.1241 to schedule your service call and explore our reviews to see how we've earned the trust of countless clients in the Jacksonville area. 

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