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How Do Sump Pumps Work?

Category : Basement Care , News

You’ve probably heard of sump pumps before. They are often mentioned by people after severe flooding or heavy storms. It’s unusual that you will hear people moaning about them, instead you will hear people talking about how the sump pump has saved their home, ensuring that they aren’t knee deep in water and their home is flood free.

What Is A Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a pump that is used to remove water that accumulates in a water-collecting sump basin and is commonly found in the basement of homes.

Water entering a home, due to heavy rain or high water table levels, is collected through the perimeter drains of a basement waterproofing system. The drains will funnel the water into the sump basin and the pump will then remove the collected water to the nearest drainage point.

The job of a sump pump is to direct water away from the house, to a place where it is no longer problematic, because of this, the pump will often be used in the basement of homes or areas where the water table is above the foundation level.

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It is very easy for groundwater to collect in basements and crawl spaces. It will rise through cracks in your foundations and penetrate through your walls, often during long periods of rain or heavy storms.

If there is a possibility of flooding in your home, it is recommended that you have a sump pump installed as this will collect the water and redirect it away from your home, protecting your home from flooding and any waterproofing system from damage.

How Much Does It Cost For A Sump Pump To Be Installed?

It can cost up to £600 plus VAT for a sump pump to be installed in an average domestic property. However, this is dependent on whether any additional pipework is required. If larger pumps or foul pumps are required, then the cost can be higher.

Here at Basement Sump and Pump, as a trusted sump pump installation company, we install numerous sump pumps every year. Around 80% of the installations we complete will cost between £400 and £500 plus VAT. However, if a replacement sump is required it will be double this cost.

We would be happy to arrange for one of our sump pump specialists to visit your home and give you a free, no obligation quote for a sump pump to be installed in your property.

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How Does A Sump Pump Work?

A sump pump will be installed in the lowest part of your basement where a hole around 2 feet deep and 18 inches across is cut into your concrete floor and the pump is placed in the sump pit, also known as a sump basin. The water will flow into the sump pit where it will be collected until the pump is activated.

A sump pump is activated by a float, similar to the one in your toilet tank, when the float rises to a set level the pump will start and the water will be pumped out of the sump basin. The water is then taken by the pipes out of the home via a drainage point and safely discarded several feet away from the foundation of the property.


Sump pumps work really well when there is heavy rainfall, strong storms or rapidly melting snow. Instead of these weather elements flooding your home, they will be collected in the sump pit and pumped to a safe drainage area.

The Types of Sump Pumps

There are two types of sump pumps; a pedestal sump pump and a submersible sump pump.

The pedestal sump pump is often the more economical sump pump option. As it is mounted above the sump with an exposed motor it makes it easier for repairs to take place if needed. The pedestal sump pump is the more visible pump, but often won’t last as long as the submersible sump pumps.

The submersible sump pump is completely mounted inside the sump and sealed. This makes it the more visually appealing sump pump, but it does mean it is tricky to complete repairs if needed. The submersible sump pump will tend to cost more than the pedestal sump pump, but it will last longer, be less obtrusive and quieter too.

Why Do You Need A Sump Pump?

If you have a beautifully finished basement that is nicely converted into the perfect space to relax and unwind with gorgeous carpets, latest electronics and more, then you definitely need a sump pump installed. It will help avoid the risk of bad weather, or a change in water table levels, destroying your dream basement space.

You should also be considering a sump pump repair if your basement has flooded before. If you live in a flat or low lying area with soil that readily and easily traps water, if you live somewhere that has lots of extreme weather such as frequent heavy rain or snow or if your existing pump is 6 years old or more as they will usually last up to 10 years.

In order to get the most out of your pump, it is vitally important that they receive a regular service to keep them working efficiently and prevent any unwanted build up.

If you would like a basement sump and pump service then get in touch with us by calling 0800 019 9949 or contact us online.

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Basement Sump & Pump Co launch Christmas competition

Category : Basement Care

We’ve got Christmas covered with 7 layers of beautiful green and gold gift boxes – each one packed is packed with sweet delicious treats, including Lemon Butter Cookies, Chocolate Coated Almonds, Crumbly Fudge Cubes, award-winning Strawberry Jam, Caramels, Marzipans, a lovely Brandy Christmas Pudding and of course Chocolates!

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, all you need to enter is…

Facebook – LIKE our Facebook page, SHARE our post

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  • To qualify for the draw, you must  Facebook – LIKE our Facebook page
  • Timberwise staff are not eligible to win but are still encouraged to join in.
  • Each person is only entitled to one entry.
  • Entries must be submitted between Friday 30th November – 14th December 2018
  • The winner will be the entrant drawn at random from the entrants on Facebook
  • The winner will be announced on the Timberwise Facebook page and Twitter feed.
  • The winning prize is not refundable, non-exchangeable and non-transferable.
  • The winner must claim the prize within 24 hours of the draw finishing and reply to Timberwise with their address failing which the prize will be forfeited.
  • Timberwise reserves the right to use the name and images of the winner in all publicity materials.
  • The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.


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Everything You Need To Know About Macerators & Sewage Pumps

Category : Basement Care , News

A macerator pump is a fast-moving rotating blade that breaks up toilet waste through piping and into a sewer or septic tank. They’re compact units usually found in bathrooms at the back of your toilet. If you need your macerator serviced please get in touch and we can provide you with more information on 0800 019 9949.

Sewage pumps are wastewater pumps that move sewage from your property to an outlet channel. They’re always found at the lowest point of your basement and are generally submerged most of the time. Discharge water from toilets, showers and washing machines will all be removed from your property via a sewage pump.

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 Before Service

Most sewage pumps at automatic, and in case of power failure, it’s recommended they’re fitted with a battery back-up system. The last thing you want in your basement is your sewage pump failing! We recommend having your sewage pump serviced at least once a year and your sewage chamber cleaned at least every 18 months.

To help you keep your sewage pump / macerator working in tip top condition we have compiled our list of the top items that you should not flush your toilet or sink:

Disposable baby wipes – even products described as ‘biodegradable’.
Paper towels – these items do not break down easily unlike normal toilet paper.
Sanitary towels and tampons
Dental floss – can become tangled in the grinder mechanism.
Plastic bags – incredibly people do flush plastic bags down lavatories!
Cotton wool buds – although small, these have been known to clog impellers.
Latex condoms / gloves – these are not biodegradable and can clog impellers.

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After Service

At The Basement Sump & Pump Co. we are experts in servicing and maintaining sewage pumps. If you have any questions about your pump or need to book in a service, please give us a call on 0800 019 9949 or fill out our online form to request a service we’re here to help!

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Top 5 Questions about Sump Pumps

Category : Basement Care , News

Here at the Basement Sump & Pump Company we get lots of customers asking us for advice about their sump pump. Many of our customers have never even heard of a sump pump before! But don’t worry; we are here to help ensure your sump pump runs as smooth as possible and provide you with all the information you need to keep your basement warm and dry.

What is a sump pump?

A sump pump is a pump used to remove excess water from a chamber, which also known as a sump. Water may collect in the chamber from excess groundwater, channelled from a perimeter drainage system, or from rainwater. They’re commonly found in basements which are below the water table.

Sump pumps are usually made of metal or plastic and are commonly submersed inside the chamber. When the water level inside the chamber reaches a certain level, the pump will turn on automatically and drain the water away to a convenient drain off point. Some pumps also have an alarm to let you know when the water level is too high. Other pumps come with a battery back-up system so they can work in the event of power failure.

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Why do I need my sump pump serviced?

Once your sump pump is installed, it’s easy to forget it is even there. Many people only become aware that they have a sump pump fitted if suddenly their basement starts to flood. Flooding can occur if your pump has broken, if the pump isn’t powerful enough or if there is a blockage in your perimeter channel.

An annual service may be required to validate any insurance or guarantee on your basement in the event of a flood and to avoid any loss of personal property that may be housed near your pump. Regular maintenance is recommended to ensure your pump is functioning properly.

How often should I get my sump pump serviced?

To keep your sump pump in good working condition, we recommend having a service every 12 months. However, some pumps are used more frequently than others. For example: We attend many pumps in London that are heavily used due to a build-up of silt in their basement drainage channels, so in such instances, we would recommend a service every 6 months to ensure the pump is working as it should. The Basement Sump & Pump Company can offer competitive discounts to customers who require a service every 6 months.

Your pump will also be heavily used if it disposes of water from a washing machine or dishwasher. We also service sewage pumps, which may require a deep clean every other year. This can be assessed at the time of your pump service.

What do I do if my sump pump alarm goes off?

In the event of your alarm sounding, don’t panic! Sometimes condensation will make contact with the sensor inside the chamber and set off your alarm. To find out if the water level inside you pump is too high, then listen to see if your pump is running constantly. It will sound similar to a dishwasher. The pump may be continuously running for various reasons, most of which can be easily fixed.

If you need an engineer to inspect your pump, give us a call on 0800 019 9949 and we will endeavour to get someone out to help you as soon as possible.

How long will my sump pump last?

Submersible sump pumps generally last up to 10 years if not longer. Regular service will ensure your pump lasts as long as possible. As submersible pumps can be expensive to replace, it will be cheaper for you in the long run to prolong the life of your sump pump. However, it is always worthwhile checking with the manufacturer of your pump to find out how long they advise the manufacturers warranty is valid for.

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Annual checks at the ready for summer!

As the UK has had its fair share of wet weather already this year, we should start preparing  for yet another typical British summer. Don’t be fooled by a short spell of sunshine, enquires have already been “flowing” in for sump and pump checks.

Most home owners miss their annual checks or forget to arrange one with the busy summer holidays coming up however with the potential for bursts of rain coming in thick and fast, this may cause an issue for your sump and pump. An annual clean and check can help maintain your sump and pump and keep it ticking along, saving you time, money as well as making for a stress free summer!

An unchecked Sump and Pump

To prevent this happening your sump and pump…

Don’t forget an annual basement pump servicing, in a majority of cases, this is required as part of the conditions of your guarantee. To arrange a ‘Clean and Check’ pump service from ourselves simply call 0800 019 9949 or complete our on-line ‘Clean and Check’ request form

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Going on holiday? Don’t forget your Sump Pump!

Its that time of year again. The rarest of rare events has happened (a few weeks of good weather!)  but many peoples thoughts are turning to that all important break away, jumping on a plane and heading off abroad. Before you pack your bags though spare a quick thought for your hard working friend in the basement.

The summer period is without doubt the best time of year to give your basement sump and pump unit a thorough service before the cold and damp season ahead. Right now your basement sump and pump may not be working flat out but you know as soon as the ‘rainy season’ starts he’ll be there for you, keeping your basement dry.

Right now, we have extended our £150 offer for pump servicing so keeping your basement dry need not cost the earth.  Why not give us a call on 0800 019 9949 to arrange to have your sump pump serviced and give you that peace of mind that your faithful friend is in tip top condition for the seasons ahead.

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Guess What’s hiding underneath all the lime scale?

An ode to a ‘Clean and Check’

Two sad pumps sitting in their sump, both neglected and unloved, I’m not surprised they had the hump!

Then along come Rod armed with his ‘Clean and Check kit, he’d soon make sure that both were fighting fit!

As the first pump was lifted you could hear a sound of glee, and the second pump said “Hey, don’t forget me!”

The engineer worked hard removing all the dirt, the grime and filth was everywhere, some even on his shirt!

Valves and batteries  replaced  they both looked good as new, a classic case of a ‘Clean and Check’ that was definitely long overdue!

Back to the sump they went placed with care by our expert, ready to drain any water away to stop a flood alert!

Request a clean and checkOn a more serious note! Should you have a basement sump and pump system installed don’t forget to have it serviced. An annual basement pump servicing  in a majority of cases is required as part of the conditions of your guarantee. To arrange a ‘Clean and Check’ pump service from ourselves simply call 0800 019 9949 or complete our on-line ‘Clean and Check’ request form

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Give your basement sump and pump a treat!

This year has been one our wettest summers, and basement pumps across the country have been working overtime to keep basement dry.  The Basement Sump and Pump Co specialises in keeping your basement pumps in tip top condition, whatever the weather.  Why not treat your pump to a service to say ‘thank you for all your hard work’? After all, without the hard work of your basement pump your basement wouldn’t be the dry living space you’ve come to enjoy.

What a difference a Clean and Check can make to your basement sump pump

Below you can see an example of a recent sump pump unit that we were called upon to service. The build up of deposits you can see had happened in just a single year of usage. If the sump pump had continued to be used without a service  damage may have occured through blockages and deposits as well as potential flooding of the basement as the float that triggers the pump may have siezed.

A basement pump prior to having a service

A basement pump prior to having a service

Basement pump following service

Basement pump following service

After the ‘Clean and Check’ the sump pump was as good as new ready to give another years faithful service. To find out more about our ‘Clean and Check’ service for sumps give the team a call on 0800 019 9949

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The basement pump – the forgotten hero!

At the bottom of the basement lies a forgotten hero. This piece of equipment works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  for 52 weeks of the year keeping the basement a dry usable living space – I am of course talking about the basement sump and pump unit.  Below we can see some pictures from one of our basement sump and pump specialists that show a clients pump that we service and the condition that a pump unit can get into in just 12 months.

Clearly evident on the pump are 12 months worth of dirt, limescale and clay which can build up on the pump unit leading to the pump unit having to work harder than it should.

As you can see following a ‘Clean and Check’ service the sump and pump are looking as good as the day they were first installed – giving the home owner peace of mind that the pump will provide another 12 months of trouble free service.

The basement pump prior to a 'Clean and Check' service. A build up of deposits can be seen on the pump unit

The basement pump prior to a 'Clean and Check' service. A build up of deposits can be seen on the pump unit

Dirt and deposits within the sump liner

Dirt and deposits within the sump liner

The cleaned and serviced pump

The cleaned and serviced pump

The cleaned out pump chamber

The cleaned out pump chamber

Have you got a forgotten hero in your basement?

If so give the Basement Sump & Pump Co a call! We’ll make sure your hero is given the treatment required to keep your basement dry. Call 0800 019 9949 or complete our on-line ‘Clean and Check’ request form

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We love customer feedback!

Here at the Basement Sump and Pump Co we take great pleasure in providing a great service for our clients. After every “Clean and Check” basement pump service we offer clients the opportunity to give us feedback to help us improve further.

Below is just a small sample of some of the feedback we receive.

Why not become one our satisfied customers?

To become on of the many satisfied Basement Sump and Pump Co customers give us a call on 0800 019 9949 or drop us an eMail at – We look forward to helping you!

lewis barwick
lewis barwick
19:07 06 Jul 18
I called up for a service which was promptly booked in. Mark was friendly and knowledgeable. I will definitely be having you back next year. Many thanks, more
alan holmes
alan holmes
09:59 28 Jun 18
Mark arrived early, protected floor surfaces and carried out the service with good knowledge of the site from doing the initial installation and previous service visitsread more
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