In today’s world, most homes with a French Drain will require a sump pump. A sump pump sits in a bucket called a ‘crock’. As the water rises in the crock, it lifts a float attached to the pump that triggers a switch. This works much like the float in your toilet tank at home. When the switch is lifted high enough, the pump turns on and pumps out the water in the crock. As the water level lowers, the float goes down, and the switch shuts the pump off. These pumps are both mechanical and electric, which means that they will fail eventually. Pumps fail due to mechanical wear at some point. Whether that takes 5 years, or 20 years depends on several factors including how often the pump cycles, and the conditions of the basement the pump is in. Pumps will also fail if they lose power. This is why a backup system is always a good idea. There are many different brands, sizes, and types of pumps and backup systems available. It can be hard to know which is the right pump for your situation. Click here to learn about the different pumps we offer.