Sump Pumps

Sump Pump- What it is & How it Works

A sump pump is a relatively uncomplicated system that has major benefits for homeowners. You may have heard them mentioned in casual conversation, particularly after a major downpour or storm. A lot of people swear by sump pumps, especially when it comes to keeping their basements free of water and flooding. We already know that a flood can wreak havoc on your basement, and a sump pump is yet another fail safe you can put in place to optimize the waterproof efficiency of your basement. Do you need a sump pump, and how can they help? We’ll inform you of their uses here, however, our Vanguard technicians can better gauge your home’s need for a sump pump, when they investigate and inspect your premises. As always, we specialize in customizing plans for our customers, which means finding the proper solution based on the actual needs of your home.


A sump pump is a submersible device installed in a sump pit. The pit is dug at the lowest point of your house, typically a basement or crawl space. The sump pump is an ideal addition to your home’s waterproofing protocol as it is small and inconspicuous yet wildly effective. Its importance stems from its ability to help prevent your basement from flooding. As a result, we often encourage our clients to consider its purchase when it comes time to waterproof their basement. It is yet another line of defense that’s not heinously expensive to install but yields satisfactory results.


In most cases, the pump exists on a perpetual state of standby. Another benefit of the system? The pump is not constantly working and only activates when needed. The sump pump will naturally engage and calibrate when the soil around your house becomes saturated due to heavy rains and precipitation. Excess groundwater is then directed to the sump pit filling with water. The sump pump float switch is then activated, engaging the pump, and activating its filtration system.

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Assessing the Need for a Sump Pump-Our Services

Given its effective nature, nearly anyone can benefit from a sump pump. However, those who live in an environment where heavy rainfall is common will benefit the most. As will those who have homes built on flood-prone land and homes where the basement is finished. Your home may not be considered a high-risk property however, the addition of a sump pump can definitely do wonders to reinforce your home’s preventative qualities. A sump pump helps defend your basement, especially if you’ve had issues with flooding before. It also safeguards appliances in your basement, reduces mold, mildew, and fungi, and improves the overall air quality of your home while keeping the foundation intact. Essentially, there will always be an argument for making your home a drier and safer place to live. 


At Vanguard Waterproofing, we’ve taken the initiative to give our customers the best deal possible. We use the Zoeller M53 model pump that comes with its own 3-year warranty. On the off chance, your sump pump isn’t performing, we’ve got you covered with a warranty that ensures it will. This particular model is designed with a cast iron switch case, motor, and pump. We stand behind this particular model having watched its efficiency firsthand. We install our pumps in a perforated 18 inch by 20-inch basin for exemplary function. In addition, we also offer pump alarms that serve as the potential difference between a flooded basement and a preventable disaster. Are you still having questions about the pump’s necessity in your home? Our technicians are happy to provide recommendations and referrals.

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