Everything You Need to Know About Sump Pumps

With today’s innovations in home security, there are so many ways to protect your home – but what about your sump pump? If you’re not sure where your sump pump is – or if you even have one – we don’t blame you. A sump pump system is usually installed in your basement, either with a submersible pump in a basin beneath your floor or above ground with a pedestal pump.

Sump pumps typically aren’t top of mind for homeowners, but with summer storms and winter snow, sleet and cold to contend with, it’s your home’s last line of defense against flooding. Ground water collects in the sump basin naturally, and as the water level rises, it automatically pumps it out and away from your home’s foundation to protect against flooding and water damage.

Storms pose risk for Sump Pumps

If a sump pump fails, basement flooding could put your foundation, furniture and even your health at risk. Excess moisture in your basement can leave your walls, floors, foundation and furniture damaged, and lead to additional problems, like rot, mold and mildew. Chances are you may know someone who’s had a sump pump flood, ​and if you’ve experienced it yourself, we know you’ll do anything to make sure it never happens again. Here’s everything you need to know to protect your home from a sump pump flood.

Sump Pump Failure

Will a sump pump drain a flooded basement?

If you have water in your basement from weather or leaking fixtures, a sump pump can effectively drain the water by automatically pumping it out of your home to a nearby drain.

How can I stop my sump pump from flooding?

The best way to keep your sump pump from flooding is to check it from time to time to make sure it’s plugged in, draining properly and free of debris. It’s also best to have backups – like a secondary pump or battery backup – so you’ll be better protected if there’s a power outage or if your sump pump fails.
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How can I prevent my sump pump from overflowing?

If you install a secondary or backup pump, these will automatically kick in if your primary sump pump can’t keep up with rising water levels. You can also install a sump pump monitor to help track the water levels in your basin.

What is a sump pump monitor?

Your sump pump should be out of sight and out of mind, and a sump pump monitor is a simple way to protect your peace of mind. You can install a monitor on your pump to track its performance and water levels, and it can also alert you if your pump isn’t working efficiently.

Sump Pump Monitor Installation

Turn your Home’s Sump Pump into a Smart Sump Pump
With the Moen Smart Sump Pump Monitor, you can protect your home from a sump pump failure or flooding and enjoy peace of mind whether you’re at home or on the go. The Smart Sump Pump Monitor is easy to install on your existing sump pump and will constantly monitor its water levels, power and performance with real-time health checks.

You can monitor your sump pump from anywhere with the Moen Smart Water App and receive notifications about leaks, high water levels and abnormal temperatures with automated 24/7 monitoring. The moment your Smart Sump Pump Monitor detects a flooding risk, it will notify you through the app, an email, text, phone call or alarm so you can help prevent water damage.

The Moen Smart Sump Pump Monitor will be available soon on Learn more about the Smart Water Network and how you can protect your home with 24/7 sump pump monitoring.

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