Sump Pumps


Tricel is a trusted supplier of pumping solutions across the UK, with over 25 years of experience. Part of our extensive range of products are sump pumps, which can be described as mechanical devices designed to remove excess water that accumulates in a designated pit or “sump” in your basement. This pit collects water from various sources, such as groundwater, rain, or even natural seepage from the soil.

The sump pump is responsible for pumping this accumulated water away from your building, preventing water damage and flooding.

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How do Sump Pumps Work?

Sump pumps operate on a straightforward principle. When the water level in the sump pit reaches a certain point, a float switch activates the pump. The pump then removes water and discharges it away from your home through a pipe. This continuous process helps keep your basement dry and prevents water from seeping into your foundation. We highly recommend purchasing a sump pump to avoid such a situation if you live in a house where groundwater levels are particularly high.

Sump pumps are also commonly referred to as water removal pumps because they are mainly installed in the sump pit that is specifically designed for drainage. Water flows into the pit through the drainage system and natural water movement through the soil. The pump will then pump the water away from your house or building to keep the area dry.

At Tricel, our customers have the option to choose manually operated or automatic sump pumps. We typically advise you to purchase the automatic pump thanks to its intelligent technology, which can be seamlessly configured to match your specific needs.

Types of Sump Pumps

Submersible Sump Pumps

These are placed underwater in the sump pit, making them less visible and quieter. Submersible sump pumps have an inbuilt motor completely submerged in oil, providing cooling and lubrication for the pump’s lifespan. 

Pedestal Sump Pumps

Different to submersible sump pumps, pedestal sump pumps, on the other hand, are installed above the pit and are more accessible for maintenance. The choice between these two types depends on your specific needs and basement configuration. Pedestal sump pumps are typically cheaper but have a reduced lifespan. The reduced lifespan is because the motor is left open to cool down.

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Basement Sump Pumps

Living in a building with a wet basement or cellar that leaks is not an ideal scenario, and the damage caused to the floor or structure can be costly. Basements are typically prone to flooding as they are the lowest part of the house, which makes it vital to have a basement sump pump. Another term used interchangeably with basement sump pumps is cellar pumps. Typically a cellar pump uses a centrifugal pump to move water.

Benefits of Sump Pumps:

  • Acts as a Water Removal Pump

One of the primary benefits of sump pumps is their ability to prevent basement flooding. Heavy rains, melting snow, or rising groundwater can quickly accumulate water in your basement. Sump pumps act as a water removal pump ensuring water is promptly removed, keeping your basement dry and habitable.

  • Protecting The Building’s Structural Foundation

Excessive moisture can compromise the structural integrity of your home’s foundation. When water infiltrates your foundation walls, it can lead to cracks, erosion, and even structural damage. Sump pumps safeguard your home’s foundation by keeping the surrounding soil from becoming oversaturated. High moisture levels will also lead to considerable damage to the property, such as peeling paint and wall coverings.

  • Maintaining a Dry and Healthy Basement

A dry basement is essential for maintaining a healthy living environment. Excess moisture in your basement can lead to mold, mildew growth, and unpleasant odours. The mold and mildew can potentially lead to respiratory diseases and allergies. Sump pumps help maintain the optimal humidity level in your basement, creating a comfortable and safe environment.

Key considerations when selecting a basement sump pump:

  1. Pump Capacity
  2. Power Source
  3. Backup System
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Basement Sump Pump Servicing

The basement sump pump is at the heart of a waterproofing system. It is therefore essential that you can access your basement pump. The sump and pump system must be regularly inspected and maintained as limescale and other deposits that get into the sump can limit the life of the pumps.

Tricel offers site surveys for new pumps or an existing pump that is old and worn out or has been experiencing technical issues. We also provide maintenance contracts to ensure your pump is working efficiently at all times.

If you are in London, we offer a 24/7 emergency pump service call-out thanks to our network of first-class engineers. Call us on 02038 568 652 and speak to our expert team!

Sump Pumps for Industrial Applications

Sump pumps are widely used in residential and commercial applications. However, they are invaluable within industrial settings where their versatility and benefits shine. These robust industrial pumps are essential for managing excess water, preventing flooding, and safeguarding critical processes and infrastructure.

Industrial Use Cases:

  • Manufacturing Facilities

Industrial plants often house sensitive equipment and machinery that can be damaged by water exposure. Sump pumps are deployed to prevent water ingress, ensuring uninterrupted production.

  • Basements & Crawl Spaces

Many industrial buildings have basements or crawl spaces prone to moisture accumulation. Sump pumps help maintain a dry environment, protecting stored goods and structural integrity.

  • Stormwater Management

In large industrial complexes, rainwater runoff can overwhelm drainage systems. Sump pumps efficiently redirect this excess water, mitigating the risk of flooding.

  • Chemical and Wastewater Management

Sump pumps are crucial for handling hazardous chemicals or wastewater. They safely transport these liquids to designated disposal or treatment areas.

  • Data Centres

In data centres where uninterrupted operations are critical, sump pumps prevent water damage to servers and other sensitive equipment.


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