A sump pump is a pump that removes water collected in the sump basin, usually in a basement. The system moves water away from the building and prevents flooding in a home.
When the pit or basin of the system fills with water the pump turns on. Typically there are pipes located under the floor of your basement that drain water from around your home into this sump pump basin. The pump then extracts this water from the basin and pumps it through a pipe away from your home. It often goes to a storm drain. The pumps are usually powered by electricity.
The majority of homeowners need a sump pump. If you have a crawlspace or a basement and live in an area that gets snow or rain, you probably could use a one. Even if you’ve never experienced flooding, sump pumps can also prevent mold.
We recommend all sump pumps receive maintenance by an American Air professional. Outside of that, check to make sure your pump is upright. Occasionally pour a bucket of water into the basin to ensure your pump is draining properly. Depending on the sump pump model there may be a float that is attached to a vertical rod or the float can be tethered. Occasionally this style can get hung up on the side of the basin and not activate so make sure the float can move freely. If you are experiencing an issue with the sump pump, call an American Air technician immediately.
American Air can install, service, and upgrade your sump pump.