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Why do I need a Sump Pump?

Up to 95% of homes experience problems with water in their basement, and water doesn’t discriminate whether your basement is finished or just used for storage.

What is a Sump Pump?

A sump is a pit or hollow in which liquid collects, and the pump part of a sump pump pushes water out through a drain to the city sewer system. As the name suggests, the pump is housed in the sump.

The sump, aka sump pit, should be located at the lowest part of your home so as to work with gravity for water collection. Modern sump pumps activate automatically when a float arm or pressure sensor reaches a certain height or pressure and starts pushing the water out.

Finished and unfinished basements alike—and the items in both—can be destroyed by as little as 1 inch of water.

Unfinished Basement Flooding

Unfinished basements are often used for storage, containing items such as:

  • Kids’ memorable school papers
  • In-progress crafts/projects
  • Holiday decorations
  • Seasonal equipment
  • Etc.

Finished Basement Flooding

Finished basements are often used as entertainment rooms, containing valuables such as:

  • Furniture
  • Entertainment systems
  • Appliances
  • Carpeting
  • Etc.

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Southport Home Services offers a full line of sump pumps. Check out our comparison of a few of the sump pumps we offer below!


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