When’s the last time you thought about your sump pump? In most cases, homeowners don’t consider how their sump pump is performing until it fails during a torrential downpour and their basement floods. If your basement floods, the damage could be catastrophic, costing you quite a bit of money to repair and restore the space. Instead of dealing with flooding, check your sump pump after this post to see if it’s working properly or if you need to replace it.

At Accurate Builders of the Chesapeake, we want you to keep your basement dry no matter what the season. In this post, we’re going to share how to choose the best sump pump for your basement as well as the four types of sump pumps to consider. Do you need basement waterproofing services? Call us now! Otherwise, continue reading to learn more.

What is a sump pump?

If you’re not sure what a sump pump is, you may not need one. However, if you’ve just moved into a new home in the Chesapeake, you’re probably going to need a pump. A sump pump is a small motorized or battery-powered machine that extracts the rising groundwater or flood water from your basement and moves it outside.

Four types of sump pumps

If you don’t have a sump pump or your current one is not performing as needed, you may need to purchase a new one. There are four general types of sump pumps, which are listed below. Finding the best sump pump for your basement will save you time and money later down the road.

  • Primary
  • Battery backup
  • Combination
  • Sewage

A primary sump pump

In many residences, primary sump pumps are used to keep the basement dry. They prevent floods from rising groundwater and help pump any flood water out of the space. Depending on which pump you get, they can remove several thousand gallons of water per hour.

Two primary sump pumps exist:

  • Pedestal – a pump that is positioned above your sump basin.
  • Submersible – a pump that is submerged in your basin, typically in water.


A battery backup sump pump

Most sump pumps are powered by electricity and rendered useless when the power goes out, which is typically when you need them most. A battery backup pump allows you to keep your basement dry during a flood, even if the power goes out.

Combination Sump Pumps

You can find primary and battery backup pumps paired to create a combination. This means that when you purchase a combo, you’re getting two pumps in one transaction. Most homeowners do go with a combination setup to keep their basement dry no matter the state of power in their area.

A sewage sump pump

A sewage pump could technically be used as a primary sump pump, but they are best used when moving sewage liquid and waste to a septic tank. Your sewage pump should be able to pass solids of at least two inches, which is the typical size for most pumps. Your sewage pump can be installed either in your septic or in a separate chamber.

The experts in basement waterproofing

We understand how frustrating it can be to deal with a flooded basement. We’ve been serving Glen Burnie and beyond for more than 20 years with basement waterproofing services. If you can’t keep your basement dry, give Accurate Builders of the Chesapeake a call today!