A sump pump is located in a basement basin, generally placed at the low point of the floor, in order to catch any standing water. The sump pump is always activated, but not always working. It will have a sensor to detect a particular water level. One form of this sensor is similar to that found in you toilet tank, which opens the flow spigot when a floating ball falls downward when the toilet is flushed, then shuts it off when the rising tank level raises the ball again. In this way, the sump pump continually responds to any increase in water. During normal daily operation, the water level in the sump basin may increase very little, if at all. During these times, the pump will not actually be pumping very often. However, during emergencies such as a flood, the pump is ready to run continuously if need be, to remove the water as quickly as possible.
Different sump pump capacities are available to make sure it has the ability to deal with the inbound flow of water. Much like a sinking boat must have water bailers to remove the incoming water faster than the inbound flow, the sump pump capacity must be chosen so as to not be swamped by the incoming water. In this way, it will protect the home from water damage to items in the basement.
The professionals at GLC Waterproofing specialize in basement water protection and can advise and install a sump pump which fits your needs.