Sump Pumps

A sump pump is used to pump out water that collects in a basin, usually in the basement of your home. Sump pumps are useful to keep basements from flooding, especially in homes that sit below the water table in northeastern Ohio.

Normally a sump pump is wired into your home’s electrical system. It will also be equipped with battery backup so it can run if the power is lost in a storm. The sump pump directs water away from your home into a storm drain or dry well.


There are two main types of sump pumps. A pedestal sump pump has a motor mounted above the sump pit, a plastic or fiberglass bowl. The advantage is that this pump is easier to service and lasts up to 30 years, but the disadvantage is that it’s more visible and possibly unsightly to some. The other kind of pump is submersible. The motor is mounted inside the pump and is known for powering through debris well. It runs more quietly than a pedestal pump. However, a submersible pump has a shorter average life of up to 15 years. It also costs more than a pedestal sump pump.


Most of the time, your sump pump will sit quietly with no action. But it needs to be ready to go if a pipe bursts or if the spring rains bring flooding. Take these maintenance steps every three or four months to ensure your sump pump is ready to go when needed.

  1. Inspect the power cord and make sure the pump has power.

  2. Clean the screens.

  3. Test the unit by dumping a bucket of water into the sump to see if it turns on. If it doesn’t turn on, see if the float or check valve need to be replaced.

  4. Remove any debris that is blocking the sump.

  5. Unplug the pump and remove any debris that got inside.


If you have water problems in your basement, you may benefit greatly from the addition of a sump pump. Our technicians at R & R Plumbing can install one for you.

We will dig through the concrete of your basement floor to create an area for the sump pit. Then we will set the pit in and replace the concrete. Once the concrete cures, we will run plumbing to an acceptable outlet, away from your home’s foundation. We are familiar with residential building codes and we will know where to allow the drainage to run with no code violations.

Some homeowners may have inherited sump pump issues when they purchased an existing home. Older homes may have sump pump systems that drain into municipal sanitary sewers, which is not always acceptable in northeastern Ohio towns. What we can do for you is reroute your sump pump plumbing lines to acceptable outlets.

Any other questions about sump pumps? We’re here to help. Give us a call and we’ll provide a quick assessment for you. We’ll set up a repair or installation as soon as possible.