Sump Pumps are meant to prevent flooding and keep the area beneath your home dry. They are generally installed in crawl spaces under your house, or in the basement. Where you live will help determine whether you need to buy a sump pump or not. If you live in an area that receives a lot of rain, or you live on the down-slope of a hill, these are two very good reasons to invest in a sump pump. If your home experiences standing water regularly, or your basement tends to stay damp and smell musty, a sump pump may be in your best interest to keep your basement dry and your possessions safe.
There are many different types of sump pumps to choose from; you can choose between a manual or an automatic one. While a manual sump pump is a lot cheaper, an automatic one is a lot more convenient and helpful. Automatic sump pumps turn on once the water reaches a certain height, and shut off once the water has drained. They continue to work even if the power goes out. These can be lifesavers if there is ever a flood or water problem while you are away from your house.