A sump pump is a submersible pump. It sits at the bottom of a sump pit. It is typically installed at the lowest point in your basement or crawl space. The groundwater that is surrounding your home’s foundation is channeled into a perimeter drain system. The drain system is installed at the base of the foundation. Water finds its way into the perforated drainpipes and is quickly diverted to the sump pit. The sump pump, which is triggered by a float switch, removes the water by pumping it to the nearest storm drain, dry well or detention pond. When water inside the sump pit reaches a pre-determined level, the sump pump turns on.