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What is a Sump Pump: an Introduction

What in the World is a Sump Pump?

Hello! And welcome to the Fura International Blog. If you haven’t already browsed our site, we invite you to go ahead and do so. Fura International is a Chicago-based company that specializes in quality and durable water and sewage sump pumps. Assuming you’ve come to this site for a specific reason, we can infer that you probably know a thing or two about sump pumps. However, for those who happened onto our site and want to learn a thing or two about pumps, how they work, and what the different types are, you’re in luck. Today, we’re going to chat all about sump pumps. After all, it is what we specialize in.


What is a Sump Pump?

Unless you live in an area with little rainfall, you’re probably well-familiar with how damaging rain can be when it comes down by the gallon. Between flooded basements and construction sites, it would be quite a hassle and hazard if the world didn’t come up with a contraption to quickly and efficiently eject the water. That’s where water submersible pumps come in. These little pumps are situated at the bottom of a basement or other flooded sites and pump the wastewater out of the site.


How Do They Work?

Water and sewage sump pumps, sometimes referred to as effluent pumps, turn on automatically and sense when a space is beginning to collect water. If the pump wasn’t automatic, we’d probably be in some trouble. Usually, the pump is activated through a pressure sensor or a float activator, internal devices that allow it to detect when water is running through the space. Once activated, the impeller and volute, two devices that spin and create a force that ejects the water, turn on and begin to work their magic. Water submersible pumps usually hook up to electricity in most homes and don’t require special outlets. While they sound complicated, they’re really quite simple.

What Types of Pumps are There

Because there are multiple different sites with varying degrees of flooding, it makes sense that there would also be several different types of effluent pumps that are specifically made for different purposes. A water submersible pump constructed to use in a residential basement isn’t going to fare well at a hazardous construction site that needs to eject sewage. Sump pumps vary in how much horsepower they put out and what their materials are. For example, a 2 horsepower sewage sump pump made from stainless steel is tailored for more heavy-duty jobs, while a smaller, ⅓-horsepower water submersible pump would be ideal for a flooded basement.


Additionally, sump pumps can be classified into two different genres: submersible pumps and pedestal pumps. Submersible pumps are usually more common and exist at the bottom of the flooding site where they dispel flood water. Usually it’s located beneath the surface of the home and out of site. A pedestal pump, on the other hand, exists outside of the pump and uses a hose that goes into the wastewater to flush it out.

Are Sump Pumps Necessary?

Unless you like having a flooded basement, then yes, sump pumps sure are necessary. Floodwaters are chock full of bacteria and other hazardous components and are especially dangerous when they seep into your home. Not only does it contaminate your basement, but a wet surface can also result in dangerous mold growths.

Thanks for reading our post and we hope that your knowledge on effluent pumps is at least somewhat developed. Be sure to check out our vast collection of wastewater and sewage sump pumps. Fura International only sells the best and we’re sure our products will suit any of your needs. See you again soon!