Sump Pump Drainage

Sump Pumps are widely used in basements and crawlspaces in conjunction with drain tile systems to direct any incoming water to the outside and away from your home's foundation.

What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a small pump that is typically installed in the lowest area of your home’s basement or crawl space. The sump pump is placed within a sump pit. The Hydraway Drainage System directs any water that enters your home into the sump pit. The sump pump then pumps water out of the pit and away from your home, ensuring dryness in your basement.

In case of a power outage or primary sump pump failure, a battery backup is recommended. The backup battery case and charger are positioned next to the sump liner. In the event of high water in the sump liner, the water level float sensor will engage the system as well as an alarm to alert the homeowner the system is operating. The water is automatically pumped out of the sump liner through the discharge pipe.

What Are the Components of a Sump Pump?

  • Sump Pit: A small hole lined with gravel that the device sits in
  • Discharge Pipe or Line: The pipe that directs water out of your basement
  • Check Valve: A one-way valve that ensures water does not flow backwards
  • Pressure Sensor: The sensor that directs the sump pump to automatically turn on
  • Centrifugal Pump: The device that moves water out of the sump pit
  • Impeller: The fan-like device that uses centrifugal force to push water out through the discharge pipe

How Do You Know if You Need a Sump Pump?

If you’ve experienced previous flooding: When past experiences prove your home is prone to flooding, a permanent solution such as a sump pump may be necessary to prevent this in the future.

If your home is located in a flat or low-lying area: Your basement may be closer to the water table, also known as the area beneath the ground that is saturated with water. This means that your basement is more likely to be infiltrated by water.

If your area experiences large quantities of rain or snow: If your geographical location experiences heavy precipitation, the soil surrounding your basement can become saturated with water. As pressure builds, your basement may become flooded.

If you have a finished basement: If your basement has been modified with drywall and furnishings, you have even more reason to protect your valuable investment from flooding.