Found in basements, in warehouse floors, and in buried infrastructure, sumps allow an excess of water to be removed from the surface. Usually outfitted with a pump, sumps are found at the lowest point of any area to deal with water ponding issues. Standing water can destroy property and create safety hazards.
Sumps are also used when buried power or telecommunication wiring comes to an electrical panel or junction. These junction areas are usually lower than the rest of the line, taking advantage of a sump to keep the electrical panel and other equipment from getting wet. Sump pumps are often used in these situations.
They may also be used as a way to help filter stormwater runoff. Installed in catch basins, wet wells, and area drains, the sump holds silt, dirt, and other debris while water rushes by above. These sumps need to be emptied every so often to prevent obstructions in the flow.
A Sump in Any Size
Depending on the application, sumps can be made in various sizes and shapes. Many larger catch basins and vault structures can be made with a sump already in place. Smaller sumps may need to be placed inside an existing structure. Once a size is determined and the structure excavated, installing a small sump is relatively easy.