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A sump pump is an effective means of combating basement flooding. As water leaches into a water basin, also known as a sump pit, the sump pump automatically turns on and pumps water through a one-way check valve up a pipe that extends up through the foundation. Water is then deposited away from the home, ideally on a gradient to prevent water from pooling against the side of the house. Watch this video to see how a sump pump is installed.

Sump pump installation is best left to a professional. A basement waterproofing expert will make sure that your sump pump is fully functional and that the setup is not an eyesore. Waterproofing professionals in Baltimore recommend electronically powered sump pumps, though your recommendation will depend on your specific circumstances.