How does a Sump Pump Work?

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How does a sump pump work?  Here are the basics.
  • Sump Pumps run when water rises to a specific height which causes a trigger to activate the pump. 
  • The trigger activating the pump depends upon the float-switch, electronic monitor or digital level controller used per sump pump type and manufacturer brand.
  • When the pump is activated the water is pushed or forced from the sump pit through the pipe, out of the pit and to a predetermined location. 

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  • Primary submersible sump pumps, Battery backup sump pumps, pedestal sump pumps and water powered sump pumps do NOT work the same.
  • The source of power used by Primary submersible sump pump is electricity (Alternating Current - AC). Battery back up Sump pumps use battery power (Direct Current - DC), and Water powered sump pumps use water to push water from the sump pit.
  • Some manufacturer brands use the tether float-switch; other manufacturer brands use the vertical float-switch, micro processor sensor, diaphragm switch or digital level controller.

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