FAQs about Sump Basins & Sump Pumps

What is a sump basin?

A sump basin is a container that helps alleviate unwanted water around and under the foundation of a home. It varies in size from micro to extra large. It contains a type of drainage system that uses either holes or slots to allow water and debris to move through the sump pump and away from the home.

How big should my sump basin be?

The sump basin size is very important. It should be big enough to comfortably hold your choice of sump pump and allow proper water flow. A basin that is too small will restrict water flow and cause the pump to short cycle, whereas a basin that is too big will tap into the water table under the home, making the pump run continuously.

Should there be holes in my sump basin?

It is important that your sump basin have a way to drain and allow water to flow through it. Many basins have pin size holes, or small holes, which will allow water to flow through but are often clogged by small pieces of debris and can cause a back up and water log the basin. There are basins that have slots instead or holes, which allows for greater water flow, and greatly decreases the chance of having the basin getting plugged up.

What is the purpose of a sump pump?

A sump pump is used to remove unwanted water found in the basement or crawlspace of your home. A sump pump pushes water through, and out to a drainage system, sending water away from the home.

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