Owning a home is something that is looked at as a right of passage to adulthood, and for many people looking to get a piece of the fabled “American Dream”, it is the start of a life that is moving in the right direction. But as great as owning your home can be, experienced homeowners will tell you that the one thing they were not prepared for was all the upkeep, which means becoming acquainted with things like a sump pump.

Technically, a sump pump, while an important tool in the plumbing industry, may not mean a whole lot to homeowners in different part of the country. However, if you happen to live in an area where ground moisture & flooding are a regular part of everyday life, a sump pump is worth its weight in gold.

So, what is a sump pump? In the most basic of terms, it is a device that is set in the lowest area of a home, usually the basement, to help keep out below-ground moisture. This moisture can be related to ground water, melting snow, or areas prone to flooding. Basically, a sump pump is used to keep things dry. If moisture finds its way in, you start dealing with issues plaguing your home’s foundation and the presence of mold. In either case, having a tool that can help alleviate this issue is key to have in place.

Depending on your needs, you can choose from two types: pedestal or submersible. In either case, basic function is the same with only slight differences in their operation.

Here’s the real kicker – they do their job so long as you maintain them. Moreover, if you are a stickler about regular maintenance and function check-ups, your sump pump will be something you don’t even think about because it is doing its job. Ding, ding! As with most things in life, as soon as you put something out of sight & out of mind, problems can arise, namely forgetting to keep up the maintenance. It’s the times when you need something to work that they don’t, and when it comes to your home’s sump pump, the last thing you need to have happen is for it to stop working.

If during your usual maintenance checks you notice that the sump isn’t coming on, double-check every basic thing it could be from small debris to being without power. If it’s none of those things, and you’re still not having the pump come on, it is recommended across the board that you call a professional plumber to service it. Since you’re in an area where sump pumps are a prevalent feature in homes, you’re more likely to find a plumber that is familiar with their function & can get you fixed up in no time at all.

It can be easy to underestimate a sump pump, but if you give it the attention it deserves, it will do for you what all manners of insurance do in life – take care of your when you need it most.