Sump Pump Installation & Repair Services In Central & Northern NJ

Ideal Basement Waterproofing provides sump pump installation services in Eastern New Jersey from as far north as Passaic County to as far south as Atlantic City. With over 25 years of experience, our team will install a sump pump to remove excess water from your basement or crawlspace. If you live in an area prone to flooding or with a high water table, you need a sump pump to remove the excess water and prevent permanent damage to your home. With a working sump pump, the damage to your home will be minimal.

What is a sump pump?
A sump pump is an electric pumping device used to remove excess water from your home. Most sump pumps are installed in a pit or basin in the basement or crawl space of the home. The sump pump keeps the basement or crawl space dry by moving the water out of the pit and through a pipe and away from your home.

Sump pump types include submersible and pedestal and include a variety of features. A submersible sump pump sits below the surface of the floor, while a pedestal one stays above the floor.

One feature of a sump pump is that it may be manual or automatic. Manual sump pumps contain a switch that you flip, while automatic sump pumps have a switch that is activated by the pressure and depth of the water.

How do sump pumps work?
An automatic sump pump works when water flows into the sump pump pit and the pressure on the sensor increases, activating the sump pump. The pump contains an impeller, or fan, that moves water out of the pit once the sensor is activated. The impeller pushes water away, opening a void near the impeller that more water moves into and fills. Using centrifugal force, water is moved out through the pipe in the basin. As the water leaves, a check valve keeps the water from returning.

Many sump pumps run on electricity. Since the sump pump is always in water or very near water, the outlet should have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). A battery back-up is highly recommended because storms often cause the power to be disrupted. A battery-powered back-up will automatically begin to operate when the pit fills with water.

How do you know if you need a sump pump?
You need a sump pump if you experience any of the following situations:

  • Your basement has flooded in the past;
  • You live in a low-lying area with standing water; and/or
  • You store expensive or heirloom items in your basement.

In New Jersey, heavy rains and snows create opportunities for flooding. You want to be ready before this happens. Installing a sump pump will help prevent flooding or standing water in your basement, preventing costly repairs to your basement walls or floor or the items you’ve stored. Sump pumps typically last for 10 years, so you will need to replace yours periodically.

Sump Pump Replacement
The best time to replace your sump pump is before it fails. If the pump in your basement isn’t turning on, or you notice a mold or mildew smell, it may be time to replace the unit. Additionally, if the pump is more than ten years old, the typical lifespan of these devices, it may need to be replaced. If your previous sump pump was effective before breaking down, the most efficient solution is to replace it with a similar model.

A submersible sump pump is placed in a hole cut into the floor of your basement or crawlspace as part of an interior French drain system. As water around the pump rises to a set level, it will activate and flush water out through piping that runs outside and away from the house. The pump’s motor is in a waterproof, sealed housing.

Pedestal pumps put the motor on a stand above the water, and only the impeller is down in the pit. Because the motor stays relatively dry, pedestal pumps are generally expected to last longer.

At Ideal Basement Waterproofing, we will install the type of sump pump best for your home. We also clean debris out of sump pumps and service them so that you receive more years of service from your sump pump. If the foundation of your home or basement has already been compromised by water damage, Ideal Basement Waterproofing also provides crack and foundation repair services.  Let our experienced team help you today!