What is a Sump Pump?
A sump pump is a naturally constructed pit that is installed at the lowest part of your home. Its purpose is to collect and remove all the water that passes through your foundation walls.
How Does a Sump Pump Collect Water?
The Sump pump is connected to two sets of pipes. The first pipe is called weeping tile, and it sits at the footing of the home. Weeping tile collects water through small perforated areas and directs it to the sump pump. The sump pump then stores that water and pushes it outside of your home.
How Do I Know if my Sump Pump is Malfunctioning?
Key signs of a malfunctioning sump pump are:
Musty/ Damp Smell
Visible Mold/ Mold Smell
Stuck Float Switch
Remember: Sump Pumps are connected to pipes that run outside of the home. Cold weather can create freezing in the system and cause major damage.
It is very important to consistently check your sump pump throughout the winter.