What is a sump pump?

A sump pump is a small pump that is typically installed in the lowest area of your home’s basement or crawl space. The Hydrapump (sump pump) is placed within a sump pit. The Hydraway Drainage System – which surrounds the interior perimeter of the basement or crawlspace – directs any water that enters your home into the sump pit. The sump pump then pumps water out of the pit and away from your home, ensuring dryness in the basement..

Hydrapump Sump Pump

Once the Hydraway System drains water from the basement or crawlspace, the water needs somewhere to go. Once installed, the Hydraway is connected to a sump pit that is situated within the soil. Inside the sump pit contains a sump pump that pushes the water up and out of your basement through the discharge hose. The Hydrapump captures water from the Hydraway system and routes it through drain pipes to the exterior of the home.

MDTI also offers battery backup systems as they are sometimes necessary to ensure peace-of-mind to homeowners in the event of a power outage or primary sump pump failure. The backup battery case and charger are positioned on the basement floor next to the backup pump. In the event of high water in the sump pit, the water level float sensor will engage the system and sound an alarm to alert the homeowner the system is operating. The water is pumped out of the pit through an additional discharge hose.

What Are the Components of a Sump Pump?

  • Sump Pit: A small hole lined with gravel that the device sits in
  • Discharge Pipe or Line: The pipe that directs water out of your basement
  • Check Valve: A one-way valve that ensures water does not flow backwards
  • Pressure Sensor: The sensor that directs the sump pump to automatically turn on
  • Centrifugal Pump: The device that moves water out of the sump pit
  • Impeller: The fan-like device that uses centrifugal force to push water out through the discharge pipe

When Sump Pumps are Needed

  • Previous basement flooding: When past experiences prove the home is prone to flooding, a permanent solution such as a sump pump may be necessary to prevent this in the future.
  • The home is located in a flat or low-lying area: In this case, the basement may be closer to the water table, also known as the area beneath the ground that is saturated with water. This means that the basement is more likely to be infiltrated by water and a sump pump is needed..
  • Large quantities of rain or snow: If the geographical location experiences heavy precipitation, the soil surrounding the basement can become saturated with water. As pressure builds, the basement may become flooded.
  • Finished basements: If the basement has been modified with drywall and furnishings, there is even more reason to protect the valuable investment from flooding.