Looking for the best sump pump is not always easy. First you should understand what a sump pump does and how they are used. Sump pits are usually used in wet climates that get a lot of rainfall, or areas that are below sea level. Sometimes, groundwater from excessive rain or underground moisture collects around the walls of your basement. Without a proper basement water protection system, your basement as well as the foundation of your home can be compromised. To avoid this problem, sump pits are installed in homes in areas with regular basement flooding problems. A sump pit collects underground water, and a sump pump helps to pump it to ground level a safe distance away from your home.

Because a poor sump pump can mean a lot of damage to your basement, not to mention the foundation of your home, it is important to choose the best sump pump available. This will not always mean the most expensive or biggest sump pump. Every home is different. Finding the best sump pump is really a matter of finding one that is best in your particular situation. There are many factors you should look at when finding a pump system. Consider size. The size of the pump should be proportionate to the amount of water that is expected to accumulate in the sump pit. Professionals who have installed sump pumps in your region should be able to tell you the estimated amount of water your sump will accumulate. Based on that information, you can fit your sump with a pump that is neither too big nor too small.

When looking for the perfect pump, always go for an automatic one. Although in some cases, it may be ok to use a manual pump, it is always safer to get one that turns on automatically when the water level of your sump reaches too high. Most pumps operate using a simple floating device much like those found in the inside of a toilet tank. When the water gets too high, the floating device automatically flips a switch that turns on the pump. When the water subsides, the pump is automatically turned off.

There are two basic kinds of pumps: submersible and pedestal. Submersible pumps actually fit right into the sump and waterproofed. They work regardless of the water around them. Pedestal pumps are pumps that have the motor up on the floor of your basement. A pipe runs from the motor down into the sump. Both are used around the country and one is not necessarily better than the other. To find out which type of pump is best for your particular needs, call a company to come and survey your sump and discover what system would be best.