What Is a Sump Pump and Why Do I Need One?

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What is a sump pump? Does your home need one? Many homes do need a sump pump or two as part of their overall interior basement drainage system. The sump pump plays a crucial role in keeping homes and basements dry, especially for homes that have a higher flood risk than others. 

A sump pump is a small pump that sits in a plastic reservoir in the basement. When water drains into that reservoir, the sump pump pushes that water out and away from the home, keeping the home dry and safe from potential water damage. 

Want to know more about why you may need a sump pump? Contact us with your questions, or read on to get a better idea of what a sump pump can do for your home. 

Do You Need an Interior Basement Drainage System? 

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Does your basement need a better interior basement drainage system? You may need a sump pump if a) your basement is in a floodplain, or b) your basement sits below the water table line. Both of these factors can increase your basement’s risk of flooding. 

Many homes in the US, including homes in Missouri, sit in floodplains, or areas that are at a higher risk for flooding. As a matter of fact, flooding is one of the most common disasters that Missouri homeowners experience. 

Then there are homes with basements that sit below the water table line. The water table line is the point underground where water starts saturating the dirt. If your basement reaches below that line and doesn’t have an interior basement drainage system, then some of the groundwater may get into your house. The ground can only hold so much water before that water starts to rise. Unfortunately, that water often rises right through basement floors. 

Either way, a sump pump provides a safety measure that can keep at-risk basements dry. The higher your basement’s flood risk, the more your basement could benefit from a sump pump system. 

What Happens When Your Basement Floods? 

Why is indoor flooding prevention so important? What happens if your basement floods? If you don’t have an interior basement drainage system or the sump pump to go with it, here are some of the damages that your home may experience. 

Personal Belongings Destruction 

Do you keep personal belongings in the basement? Maybe you keep your winter clothing in the basement when it’s hot outside. Maybe you have some furniture or appliances in the basement. You may even have some heirlooms stored there. 

Water damage can wreak havoc on those belongings. Sometimes it’s just surface-level damage, but sometimes the damage runs deep. 


In small amounts, mold may not cause trouble. The problem, though,  is that small amounts of mold turn into large amounts, and they do it fast. Mold doesn’t stop growing until it dies. 

What makes mold grow? Water. This makes basements a hot spot for mold, because mold spores love basements. All it takes is a little water damage to start a major mold problem. 

When mold gets out of control, it can worsen allergy and asthma symptoms, causing wheezing, coughing, and other respiratory issues. If anyone in your household suffers from health problems, the right basement interior drainage system may be crucial to that person’s safety. 

Structural Damage 

Water can also cause basement structural damage. Since water can rust metal, weaken wood, warp surfaces, and cause electrical damage, it can make damp basements unsafe over time. 


Now, if your basement’s water comes from a flood, you have even more trouble on your hands. That’s because flood water contains all kinds of sickening substances that you don’t want anywhere near your home. Flood water picks up sewage, gasoline, chemicals, and similar dangers. It also contains illness-causing bacteria. The cleanup process for flood water can get expensive and complicated. 

Sump Pumps as a Preventative Measure 

As a matter of fact, all of the above issues can be devastating and expensive. Having a sump pump and an interior basement drainage system can prevent these issues from damaging your home and belongings in the first place. 

This prevention can give you some peace of mind even if you don’t live in a flood plain. While some homes have a higher risk of flooding than others, no home is risk-free when it comes to flooding. When it comes to water damage, it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

The Smart-Dry Sump Pump 

You may know that you need a sump pump, but which one should you have installed? At Smart Foundation Systems, we use the Smart-Dry Sump Pump. We choose the Smart-Dry Sump Pump for several reasons. 

Primary and Backup Systems 

The Smart-Dry is a primary and backup sump pump system. The same storms that bring floods can also bring power outages. When your sump pump runs only on electricity, it can’t do much good when the worst storms arrive. 

With its battery backup, the Smart-Dry can keep running even if the power goes out. Furthermore, the battery backup starts automatically in case the primary system loses power. 

Fast Installation 

The Smart-Dry was designed for fast and simple installation. When you call Smart Foundation Systems to install your Smart-Dry Sump Pump, you can have your system up and running as soon as possible. There’s no need to worry about delays. 

Remote Monitoring Capability 

Want to monitor your interior basement drainage system? You can do that with Smart-Dry. The Smart-Dry Sump Pump comes with remote monitoring capabilities so that you can always check on the status of your pump. This extra measure can help keep your mind at ease during storms and rainy seasons. 

Call Smart Foundation Systems for Interior Basement Drainage Needs

At Smart Foundation Systems, we want to help you keep your basement safe from water damage. Having a sump pump and an interior basement drainage system can go a long way in keeping your home safe and dry. 

Want to learn more about sump pump installation? Have questions about your options? Then reach out to the Smart Foundation team now. We’d love to chat with you about how you can protect your home from long-lasting water damage.