What is a sump pump?

If you have arrived to this web page you are probably wondering what is a sump pump and if this is the same thing of a condensate pump, since often these terms are associated to each other and people get easily confused.

Contrary to the condensate removal pumps the sump pumps are a specific type of pump used to remove water from accumulating in a water collecting  sump basin, which are commonly found in the basement of homes. This water may enter the basement via the perimeter drains funneling into the basin or because of rain or natural ground water, if the basement is below the water table level.

If you have regular basement flooding in your home then you probably are already using a sump pumps. These devices can be also used to remedy dampness where the water level is above the foundation of a home. Sump pumps are simply sending water away from a house to any place where it is no longer problematic, such as a municipal storm drain or a dry well.

Below is a typical image of a sump pump:

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A typical sump pump available on the market.


Why you need a Sump Pump?

We’ve digged out this useful video from YouTube explaining what is a sump pump and why you need it. The video is very informative and full of tips. I recommend having a look at this video to clarify any doubts you might still have about sump pump!

How different is Sump Pump from a Condensate Pump?

This is another typical question and the response is also very simple. We are still talking about pumps (devices that move water from a location to another) however these are built with different concepts in mind.

The condensate pump is a device working in conjunction with another system producing condensation water (AC systems, boilers, furnaces, etc.). These devices are usually running continuously as long as the systems they are connected to is switched on.

The sump pump is device you have in your basement and that you use “occasionally” to remove that might be forming there due to flooding. This can be a manual pump (that you activate when needed) or an automatic system which is switched one when a determinate condition occurs. Check also the next page for additional information about differences between these two pumps: how different is a sump pump from a condensate pump?