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Sump Pumps


Sump pumps – they are probably something you have heard of, but do you know exactly what they do? If you own a home with a basement, you should become familiar with sump pumps.


We offer sump pump installation and repair in Maryland: Rockville, Frederick, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Columbia. We also offer our sump pump installation and repair in Virginia: Fairfax, Vienna, Falls Church, Arlington and Mclean.


Sump pumps are used in the basement of a house, and generally would be placed either over, or in, a sump pit. That of course brings up the question, “What is a sump pit?” Simply put, a sump pit is just a hole in the slab floor of the basement, and it is designed to collect water. The water that is collected may run directly in, or it may be funneled there by other drains in other parts of the basement.


Sump pumps go into action when there is water in the sump pit. The pump is electrically powered, and it pumps that water out of the pit and away from the house, so that it cannot get back in. The water may be sent to a storm drain if the house is located in an urban area, or a dry well if there is one on the property. In most cases, sump pumps do not divert water to a municipal sewage system because it is against most local plumbing codes due to the extra demand that would be placed on the sewage system.