According to Wikipedia: “A sump is a low space that collects any often-undesirable liquids such as water or chemicals.” It is a low place to collect fluids just like an oil pan in your car.
Therefore a Sump Pump is a pump that resides in the sump. If the same pump were in the bottom of a boat it would be called a bilge pump, because the bottom of the boat is called the bilge.
Typically when we talk about a we are talking about a pump that is installed in a basement or crawl space, just below the floor. A sump pump is designed to be the collection point for water from the foundation soil and from a perimeter French drain. The sump pump will take whatever water is right there and pump it out.
There are 2 different types of sump pumps: Pedestal and submersible.
- Pedestal sump pumps are pumps with motors that are not designed to be submerged in water. These pumps rise out of the sump pit above the floor so it's not possible to use a lid. The pedestal pump's design allows humidity, odors and noise to rise out of the pit into the basement. A-1 Basement Solutions does not recommend or install pedestal sump pumps.
- Submersible sump pumps are the most powerful and effective sump pumps available. They install beneath the floor in an enclosed sump liner with a cover designed to minimize humidity, odors and noise. Because of the sub-floor covered design a submersible pump makes the most attractive visual choice.By combing with a 7 Day Battery Backup Sump Pump you will have the most reliable wet basement protection available.
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