If your basement is damp, showing signs of leaks, or you've seen standing water, you may consider having a sump pump installed. Sump pumps are designed to pump water out of low lying areas. They have electric motors and are equipped with float switches. When water reaches a predetermined level, the float automatically closes the switch that starts the motor and engages the pump. The water is then pumped up to ground level where it runs off. Sump pumps are available in different sizes and styles. The type of pump you need will be determined by the amount of water, measured in gallons, to be pumped per minute. If there has been a great deal of leakage in your basement, you'll need to keep track of the amount of water that's been removed. This will be helpful to the plumber in deciding what type of sump pump will best suit your needs. As always, seek out knowledgeable professionals to help you in the decision process.
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