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Sump Pumps: What They Are and Why You Need One

In this article, we’ll talk about what a sump pump is, how it works, and why every home should consider having one.

While not many people can say no to an indoor pool, it’s probably safe to say that nobody wants a basement full of water. Flooded basements, damp crawl spaces, and water damage are a nightmare. Protecting your home from these issues is important, especially here in rainy Western Washington, and that’s where a sump pump comes in. In this article, we’ll talk about what a sump pump is, how it works, and why every home should consider having one.

What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a device designed to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin, commonly found in the basements or crawl spaces of homes. These pumps are a must-have in areas prone to flooding or with high water tables.

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

Sump pumps are installed in a sump pit, which is a hole dug at the lowest point of your basement or crawl space. As the pit fills with water, a float switch activates the pump, which then pumps water out of the pit through a discharge line, away from your home’s foundation.

Benefits of Installing a Sump Pump

Installing a sump pump not only prevents basement flooding by ensuring excess water is quickly removed, but by keeping the area under your home dry, it helps protect the foundation from water damage. Plus, it reduces mold and mildew growth, keeping these harmful elements at bay. Homes with sump pumps are less likely to experience water damage, making them both safer for you as the homeowner and more attractive to potential future buyers.

Signs You Need a Sump Pump

Some warning signs that might indicate the need for a sump pump installation are frequent basement flooding, dampness, or moisture in the basement. If you notice visible water damage or stains and a high water table in your area, these are also red flags that can announce a need  for a sump pump.

Types of Sump Pumps

Knowing you need a sump pump is all well and good, but what follows? How do you decide which kind to get? How do you install them? Let’s explore the different types and models of sump pumps together and work out just which one is right for you. 

Pedestal Sump Pumps

Pedestal sump pumps are easier to service and generally have a longer lifespan. However, they tend to be noisier and less powerful. They are ideal for homes with small to moderate water issues.

Submersible Sump Pumps

Submersible sump pumps operate more quietly and are more powerful. However, they are harder to service and may have a shorter lifespan. They are suited best for homes with severe water issues.

Battery Backup Sump Pumps

Battery backup sump pumps are essential for operation during power outages. They activate when the primary pump fails or during power loss, ensuring continuous protection against flooding.

Choosing the Right Sump Pump

When picking out a sump pump, there are several factors to keep in mind. Capacity, durability, and power source should all be taken into consideration when you decide which sump pump works best for you. In order to ensure the pump is set up correctly and functions optimally, we highly recommend professional installation. Our team at Black Lake Plumbing is here and happy to help determine the best sump pump for your specific needs.

Cost of Sump Pump Installation

The cost of installing a sump pump can vary. Typically, the unit price ranges from $100 to $500, with installation fees between $500 and $1,500, depending on complexity. Annual maintenance costs can range from $100 to $300. While DIY installation might save money upfront, professional installation ensures the job is done correctly and can prevent future issues.


What does a sump pump do?
A sump pump removes accumulated water from a sump pit, preventing flooding and water damage.

How often should a sump pump be maintained?
It’s advisable to check your sump pump quarterly and perform a full maintenance check annually.

Can I install a sump pump myself?
While it’s possible, professional installation ensures proper setup and reduces the risk of errors.

Finishing Up

A sump pump is a valuable addition to any home prone to water issues. It prevents flooding, protects your foundation, and keeps your basement dry. If you’re considering sump pump installation, understanding the benefits of each type can help you make the best, most informed decision.

Why Choose Black Lake Plumbing?

At Black Lake Plumbing, we’re committed to providing top-notch sump pump installation and maintenance services. With our journeyman-quality craftsmanship and deep community roots here in Olympia and Lacey Washington, we’re well-prepared to be here when you need us, making sure the job is done right the first time. Contact us today for a consultation and protect your home from water damage.

Next Steps: If you’re experiencing water issues in your basement or crawl space, don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact Black Lake Plumbing for expert advice and professional sump pump installation to ensure your home stays dry and safe. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation!